With the new year quickly approaching, everybody is trying to find ways to save money. Living costs and personal spending is always the first-place people start but have you considered how much money you spend on water? And with the drought crippling the water supply in South Africa, specifically the Western Cape, how secure is the water supply really?
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.
1. Where is your money going?
Every time you open your tap, whether at home or at your business premises, you are spending money you don't need to. Even more so if you're working in an environment that uses hundreds of litres of water every day - water down the drain means money down the drain.
This is where a borehole can save you money since you'll have thousands of litres of water at your disposal.
2. You can have your own reliable water supply
Borehole users can expect to extract anything up to 20 000 litres per day depending on the yield in your specific area. Think about it - 20 000 litres of filtered water FREE every day, to be used for your home or business - all this from your own borehole.
Another thing to consider is the drought currently spreading through South Africa. Having your very own secure water supply sure is a plus in these uncertain times.
3. You can increase the value of your property
Since everyone seems to care more about the environment these days, making energy-saving enhancements to your property will increase its value and help to entice a buyer If you ever decide to move.
By having your own borehole, you will not only become self-sufficient and have a steady flow of water available to you every day, but you'll save money as well. Get in touch with Enviro Boreholes today and let them help you lower your water bill.
A home improvement project that has been growing in popularity over the last few years is drilling a borehole to have a water supply on your land.
Water is necessary for survival on earth, so we spend quite a bit of time and resources on trying to find it, extract it and conserve it.
If you are thinking about drilling a borehole on your property, check out the following advantages and disadvantages associated with it first:
When drilling a borehole, a pump and a filtering system are essential. This will demand an initial expenditure but you will eventually make a recover the funds and start saving money. You won't have to pay for monthly water charges from the municipality. Instead, you can use as much water as you desire free of cost.
2. Financial Benefits
Both residential and commercial water users may qualify for certain benefits when installing a borehole. Consult with your local municipality to find out if you are eligible for any tax breaks or government grants.
Groundwater consumers report that water from a borehole has a more pleasing taste in comparison to mains water. This may be due to the fact that groundwater is not chemically treated before it reaches your property and thus has a more pure, smoother taste.
The filtration system used for drilled boreholes creates much less pollution as opposed to industrial machines that filter water on a large scale. The filtering system of your borehole also reduces energy usage.
As beneficial as drilling a borehole there are some drawbacks.
1. No Chlorine
Despite the fact that insufficient treatment will give water a cleaner, softer taste, it may also leave space for harmful bacteria. Chlorine can help to cleanse the water and make sure nothing hazardous gets in. Without chlorine, your water could be susceptible to substantial levels of iron that may discolor your laundry, basins, bathtubs and showers. A strategy to deal with this is to install a treatment system, so your water gets treated before reaching you.
2. No Fluoride
Fluoride is essential for your oral health. Regrettably, not all boreholes will have adequate fluoride levels, but you can perform a water quality test to find out.
Since your water pump is required to run off electric power, this may cause an issue any time there are power cuts. Should this happen, make sure to have some backup, like bottles of water stored away. Otherwise, once the electricity shuts off, the only water you'll have from your borehole is whatever is left in your tank.
If you are considering a borehole for your property, get in touch with Enviro Boreholes today.
Domestic boreholes have become a popular eco-friendly water source solution in recent years and are predicted to keep on growing as drought affects many parts of South Africa.
Boreholes is a great way to access natural groundwater and while installing a borehole might set you back a few thousand rands, there are many long-term advantages in getting your own private water supply straight from the ground. Before you can use it for drinking purposes though, ýou'll need to perform some tests to make sure it's safe for consumption.
Why Test Your Water?
While many people assume groundwater are pure and clean, nearly all water contains bacteria, even when far away from pollution. Since groundwater comes in contact with air and soil, it consists of dissolved minerals, microbes and organic compounds, making it unsafe to ingest.
When contaminant levels are unusually high, your water might smell or taste bad and will negatively affect your health as well as specific household routines such as staining of laundry. But not all harmful contaminants in water are apparent and may not cause health problems for years. Thus, the only way to ensure your water is safe for consumption is to install a borehole water purification system and have it tested on a regular basis.
To be considered safe for drinking, the water quality must comply with private borehole regulations currently in place by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. A simple SANS-241 test can be performed at any lab, and once results are back, Enviro Boreholes can recommend the suitable equipment for treating your borehole water.
Installing a borehole and maintaining borehole water purification systems, are no cheap exercise, and this is not the time to focus on price either. It will cost you more in the long run if you don't use professionals for the job. Contact Enviro Boreholes for all your borehole water purification needs today.
Depending on the province you live in, you might have just come out of a water restriction period or going into one. There are a lot of reasons for these water shortages, from climate change to mismanagement of water resources. Whichever one you believe, the fact of the matter is that drought is something we as South Africans now have to face and deal with.
Not many people realise just how serious the water crisis in South Africa is and are oblivious to the fact that Level 5 water restrictions have just been implemented in Cape Town. They simply keep using as much water as they want, leaving the rest to do the work.
So what exactly does level 5 water restrictions mean?
You are not allowed to:
- Hose down paving with municipal drinking water.
- Water your garden or plants with municipal drinking water.
- Wash your vehicles with municipal water. Rather make use of groundwater or use waterless products.
- Fill up swimming pools with municipal drinking water, not even a portable play pool.
- Use municipal drinking water for water features.
- Use more than 87 litres of municipal drinking water per person per day (for drinking, cooking, showering, washing and flushing toilets)
The citizens of South Africa need to stand together and become more water conscious in order to save our beautiful country.
What can we do about it?
While there's nothing we can do about drought there is something we can do to lighten the load on municipal water usage like installing a borehole.
How will a borehole help conserve municipal water?
By installing a domestic borehole, you can take the load off municipal water supply since borehole water can be used for anything from irrigation to drinking. You won't ever have to rely on a water supply from the municipality for your daily needs.
What does installing a borehole involve?
The process is very straightforward. First, borehole sitting is done, Once a location is found, the drilling will begin. After the drilling, the casing will be placed inside the well to avoid contamination. The final steps include installation of the pump and filtration system. A borehole installation can take anything from three to five days from start to finish.
Who can I contact to install a borehole?
No one other than Enviro Boreholes of course! With over 10 years’ experience and a reputation that stands out above the rest, you'll be in really good hands! Get in contact with Enviro Boreholes and become self-sufficient with your water supply today.
They say the grass is greener on the other side. I say it's greener where you water it. But what if there's a drought and you're faced with water restrictions?
Provinces all over South Africa are facing water shortages and the government is currently implementing water shedding in Cape Town. The problem is life goes on. People need to water their gardens, wash their cars and flush their toilets but how do we do it without a reliable water resource?
One way would be to use water very sparsely and honestly, it's something we should consider even without water shortages. But another solution is to install a borehole.
What is a borehole?
A borehole is a long, narrow well, drilled into the ground, to get access to groundwater. Typically a pump will be installed to easily extract water. You can also install a filter if you wish to purify your water supply for drinking.
How much does a borehole cost?
Depending on the depth of the well, the amount of casing needed, the type of pump installed and whether you require a filtration system, you can expect to pay anything from R60 000 to R90 000.
Do I need to register my borehole?
You don't need to register your borehole if the intended use is for domestic purposes. However, if used for agricultural or commercial purposes, it will need to be registered and metered.
Is it safe to drink the water coming from a borehole?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Did you know that approximately 64% of all South Africans don't have access to running water thus survive on groundwater? All spring water and the majority of bottled water sources get their water from boreholes. If you wish to make sure that your water is drinkable, you can easily do a SANS-241 test at your nearest water lab.
To conclude, installing a borehole might be one of the best solutions available for South Africans since tapping into groundwater reduces municipal consumption. Let's face it, climate change is real and sunny South Africa will only get sunnier and warmer which means, even more, water shortages. So what are you going to do about it? The only thing you can do. Install a borehole!
At Enviro boreholes, we provide borehole drilling, installations and maintenance in Gauteng as well as surrounding provinces. With over 10 years drilling experience in the domestic, industrial and agricultural sectors, you can be sure that we know what we are doing. Contact us today and let us help you make your grass green again.
Installing a borehole is quickly becoming a viable approach to obtain cheaper water for many people with rising utility costs and water bills. Boreholes can generate a fast investment payback, frequently lowering costs by up to 80% of a metered mains supply, all depending on water usage, of course.
Household Water Use
Properties larger than 500m2 with piped water, typically use up to 46% of their water consumption on irrigation. Making use of municipal water for garden irrigation is rather a waste of drinkable water. By using groundwater for irrigation, people could easily reduce their water bills, while lowering the demand on the municipal water supply. Municipalities use tariff rates that rise in proportion to consumption. This has a tremendous effect on the water bill every the month.
Considering the price of fitting and maintaining a borehole, would be the probable saving in water be worthwhile? To answer that question, let's review the expenses involved in installing and maintaining a borehole in a standard residential home.
Below are the main expenditures linked to installing a borehole:
- Costs to determine if and where to locate a borehole.
- Borehole construction cost for:
- Moving of equipment to the site and back
- Drilling - charged per-hour or per meter
- Casing entailing supply and installation of durable casing and screen, gravel pack, hygienic seal
- Development regarding cleanup of the borehole following construction
- Pumping test expense for post-construction evaluation of borehole and aquifer effectiveness
- Hydro chemical analysis - water quality tests for a designated use
- Installation of a pump and drinkable water storage tank and reticulation system
- Routine maintenance costs for yearly inspections of the pumping equipment, pipework and repair costs in case there are any failures
- Electricity fees for operating the pump whenever it is turned on
The average cost of a borehole in South Africa is anything from R60 000 to R90 000.
Below are the main expenditures linked to installing a borehole:
Even though there is a capital layout initially, it is obvious that by using borehole water for irrigating gardens can be a cost-efficient and worthwhile replacement for municipal water. A well-maintained borehole can also be a cost-effective, self-sufficient asset. Despite the fact that preliminary expenses of drilling and equipping may be large, you will find long-term financial benefits to groundwater, especially the fact that borehole water is not nearly as expensive municipal water.