A complete private water supply installation consists of several elements such as submersible pumps, headworks, management systems and in many cases, water storage tanks.
Water storage tanks are frequently used if the borehole supply doesn't produce sufficient water when needed, or the borehole needs an opportunity to get caught up following a significant period of use. This is in particular ideal for golf courses and holiday resorts that have substantial water demands at set times during the day.
What are the advantages of a Water Storage Tank?
It is advised that the use of water storage tanks where your need for water is most likely higher than the borehole yield and, as well as for drought protection.
Additionally, they turn out to be incredibly useful for commercial usage or farmers that depend greatly on water and have no access to a mains supply which means that if their submersible pump malfunction; they could be without water instantly, having huge implications for the business.
A water storage tank is used to hold water in reserve suggesting that a farmer or company could continue to use their water even if the pump is out of action. This will afford them time to discover the problem and get it fixed.
Along with buying a company time if they come across difficulties, a tank also minimises stress on the borehole by not having it functioning continuously, giving the user more control over their personal water supply.
Warning lights and sensors can also be installed on the storage tanks helping the user make sure that any potential issues are handled before they are out of the water.
Water Storage Tank Essential Factors
The considerations needed when installing water storage tanks will be based on the designated utilisation of the water - whether it is for drinking, agricultural or commercial the requirements can vary.
Do I need to register my borehole?
Based on the National Water Act, you do not have to register ground water usage when it is used for household applications only. Borehole water may also be used for outdoor recreation like replenishing a swimming pool and household disasters like putting out a fire.
What if the driller doesn’t find water?
Your arrangement with the driller will be to drill a hole in the earth, with the potential for tapping into a self-sufficient water resource. If appropriate siting methods were adhered to and in the unlikely event the hole was discovered to be ‘dry’, you will be required to pay the service provider for the drilling. Nevertheless, you won't be liable to pay for any materials and equipment that would be used to complete an installation, namely the pump, piping and electrics.
In conclusion, a borehole is a sound investment. Even though the installation can cost anything from R60 000 to R90 000, having a borehole will add substantial value to your property or home, and eventually, it will represent a smart investment. Assuming that the installation was done by industry experts and with due care.
1. Never service your own borehole
Usually it is advisable to:
- Ensure the water tank is not too big, so the water in the tank is often refilled with fresh water.
- Confirm that the container is constructed of approved materials and make sure it is the correct colour for its intended use.
- Make sure it's fitted with a lid which limits light, is tight fitting and properly fastened, so that birds, pests, and dust can't enter the water.
- Have the tank annually checked and any debris cleaned out, and the tank sanitised regularly.
- Guard the tanks against frost
Water storage tanks can be built in segments for construction in confined spaces and are available in various shapes, sizes, materials. Additionally, it is possible to install them underground for those situations where an above-ground water storage tank isn't possible.
If you have any questions about water storage tanks and their installation or applications, get in contact with Enviro Boreholes for more info.
Domestic borehole water usage can be divided into two categories: Schedule 1 water use and General Authorisation water use. Here's what you need to know about both.
If you are considering becoming self-sufficient, have a look at the considerations below to find out if you too could benefit from installing a borehole on your property.
Schedule 1 water use
When using borehole water for domestic (household) purposes, there's no need to register your water usage. Domestic usage includes garden irrigation - not for commercial gardens - as well as providing water for animals, given that you aren't supplying a feedlot.
As per the National Water Act, there isn't a maximum set for the amount of water usage when it comes to domestic purposes. However, a water catchment management agency is appointed in each area which might specify a usage limit so be sure to contact the agency in your area to check if there are any limits to water usage.
General Authorisation water use
With regards to general authorisation water usage, it depends on the area which the property is located in, as well as the size of the property. The usage amount is measured in cubic metres per annum. As long as your water usage isn't excessive, doesn't have an adverse effect on the water resource or your neighbour's water usage, and doesn't affect the health and safety of the public, you're good to go.
Under the General Authorisation category, you'll only need to register your water usage if you use more than ten cubic metres per day or if you store up to 10 000 cubic metres of water on your property. This should be done at the Dept. of Water Affairs and Forestry.
If you would like additional information on installing a domestic borehole on your property or getting an existing one to work, get in contact with the professionals. They will also be able to supply you with all the legal requirements before starting to drill. Get in touch with Enviro Boreholes today for a free assessment and quotation.