More and more people wish to become more self-reliant and energy efficient to protect the environment and save money. With energy and water costs skyrocketing in recent years, it's not difficult to see why. Another reason why people might choose to install a borehole is the fact that South Africa is struggling through one of the worst droughts in centuries. And with water restrictions happening all over, now is the best time to drill that borehole.
But before you hire a borehole drilling company, there are some questions you should ask.
How experienced are they?
When hiring a borehole drilling company, the worst thing you can do is hire the first one that comes along or hire them based on price. Borehole drilling is serious business, and if not done right, you'll waste plenty of money. Make sure you use someone reliable, with ample experience that will provide you with references.
Where will your borehole be installed?
The chances are that if you live on a farm, there won't be a problem finding space for your borehole but in urban settings pipelines, electrical cables, telephone cables and structures can interfere with the placement. Sometimes, boreholes are installed in your driveway which will mean that you'll incur additional costs to lift and replace brickwork.
Some things to consider when selecting a borehole pump:
- Purpose of borehole - will the water be used for irrigation, domestic usage or to fill up a reserve tank.
- Flow rate - which means the amount of water to be moved and the pressure needed to get it there
- Distance the water needs to travel - from under the ground to the top of the borehole, and from the borehole to your tap
- Refill rate - the water level in your borehole will drop when pumping water and will refill when it rains
Can they test your water to make sure it's safe for drinking?
Any trustworthy borehole drilling company will be able to test your water to see if it is free of contaminants. If a filtration system is required, they will be able to install it.
What will it cost?
Drilling a borehole is no cheap endeavour but the benefits involved far exceeds the costs. Ask your borehole drilling company for a full breakdown of the costs involved as well as maintenance expenses to avoid any confusion. Make sure there aren't any hidden costs
What if they don't find water?
If all siting procedures were followed correctly and no water was found, you'll still be liable to pay for the drilling costs. You won't, however, need to pay for the materials such as the pump, filtration system etc., since you won't be requiring them.
If you want to use one of the best borehole companies in the industry, get in touch with Enviro Boreholes today!
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.
We all need water to survive. Even the adult human body is mostly water, 60% to be exact. Did you know that the average human you can live without food for 21 days? But water is a totally different story since we need it to regulate our body temperature, flush out waste and lubricate our joints. The maximum time the human body can live without water is 7 days.
Currently, in South Africa, we are struggling with water shortages. Luckily for some provinces, going into summer means rainfall but for others like Western Cape, this means disaster since they get most of their rainfall in winter. Since I've already told you how crucial water is, I don't have to tell you how serious the water crisis is, not only for Western Cape but also for other provinces since they would have to source water from said provinces. To put it plainly, when it comes to water, the future in South Africa looks bleak. But it doesn't have to be that way!
The solution is to make use of groundwater by installing a borehole.
Groundwater is clean and rich in minerals. Many people aren't even aware that there is water flowing right under our feet, safe from evaporation and far away from the threat of toxins. This water is probably one of the most unused water resources in our country. Every South African has the right to make use of this water resource and what better way to extract it than with a borehole.
Where does groundwater come from?
Groundwater comes from rain and hail that seep into the ground because of gravitational pull. It moves beyond sand, soil and rock until it reaches a level where it can freely flow.
How deep do you have to drill to find groundwater?
There isn't a specific depth but it can be close to the earth's surface or it can be 10 000 meters deep. The average borehole is between 60m and 80m deep.
Will installing a borehole really help the water shortage in South Africa?
Indeed it will! Not only will it make you self-reliant when it comes to water, it will save you money on municipal costs. Legally, you can use up to 20 000 liters of groundwater every day for anything from watering your garden, washing your car to drinking it. If you are interested in installing a borehole on your property, get in contact with Enviro Boreholes today. With over 10 years experience in borehole drilling and a passion for sourcing water, you will be in good hands.
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.