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.
Borehole maintenance is extremely important whether you use it for domestic or commercial purposes. You won't only extend the lifetime of a borehole with regular maintenance, but you'll also maintain its efficiency and yield.
Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to borehole maintenance:
1. Never service your own borehole
While it's tempting to try and service your borehole to save costs, it's not a great idea. When you open the borehole cap, you might be doing irreversible damage to your water source since you allow for bacteria to enter your water supply.
Instead, hire a borehole contractor like Enviro Boreholes, who have the right equipment and expert knowledge to keep your water supply safe from contamination and your borehole fully operational.
2. Prevention is Better than Cure
If you leave borehole maintenance for too long, you might eventually incur serious costs. Make sure you regularly inspect your parts to prevent damage. In case you find any defects or corrosion, immediately get in touch with a borehole contractor for advice and follow the required steps to fix it. Even more so when using borehole water for drinking since ignoring these issues might put your family's health at risk.
3. Regularly test your water
Water should be tested for bacteria and contamination frequently, especially if used for drinking. A simple SANS-241 test can be done at any water lab and should be done at least once per annum. If at any time there's a change in the appearance, smell or taste, it's better to perform a test just to be safe./p>
4. Use Borehole Specialists for Maintenance
Before you hire a contractor to do borehole maintenance, make sure they know what they're doing. Only use qualified professionals! Enviro Boreholes has been drilling boreholes and doing borehole maintenance for over ten years. Their staff is highly trained, and customer satisfaction is their primary goal.
If you need a professional to do borehole maintenance, get in contact with one of the team members at Enviro Boreholes today.
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.