TIPS

Borehole’s should be seen as an asset and should last you decades with little on-going costs.

It is, however, extremely important to make sure that you buy correctly the first time around, if you don’t, it can easily become a time consuming and expensive liability.

When visiting an already equipped borehole or an existing borehole, our technicians have found that most of the problems are connected to poor borehole construction, incorrect pump choices, ill wiring and wrong pipe choices.

Here is a checklist partially designed by The Borehole Water Association that will assist you with your decision, one that should be based on VALUE and not PRICE alone:

Location of Water

  • Start by finding out if there are other boreholes in your area, although we have found that these are not definite indicators that you will necessarily have the same amount of water etc.
  • Does these boreholes’ have water?
  • How much water?
  • How deep is the water level?
  • Locate a Professional to locate water on your property by method of dowsing/divining or contact a Geohydrologist (Ask us for contact details should you need these services).

Choose a Driller

  • Ask the driller for references from previous clients.
  • Check the condition of their equipment – are the drill rods straight?
  • Insure that the right type of casing is used for your borehole needs.
  • Insure that the Driller will be able to continue drilling when hitting intersecting clay, unconsolidated sand or hard rock.
  • The Driller must provide samples of material of each and every metre drilled.
  • Before drilling ask whether there are any add-ons to be considered – such as a surcharge for abrasive lithology or depths exceeding 100m
  • The Driller has to provide you with a record of the exact depth at which the most promising water fissure is located. This information is vital to us as installers.

Choosing a Borehole Tester

  • A proper yield test has to be done on each borehole – as installers we are not able to work on the amount of water that the Driller gives the customers.
  • Ask us which Borehole Tester we have been using for decades.
  • The Borehole Tester will also be able to take samples of the water for testing to determine if you would be able to use the water for drinking purposes. This is usually NOT part of the Yield test.

Borehole Installation

  • There are several factors that are taken into consideration before making a pump selection for a client that want’s to install a borehole – we will insure that we have all of the necessary information available.
  • We will take into account the Flow Rate as well as the Pressure (Head) of the borehole.
  • As installers, we will first come to the premises to evaluate the site, take measurements and talk to you as the client as to what your needs are for your borehole.
  • It is important for us to know if you will be using the water for irrigation and home use, or just one or the other.
Municipal Rules with relation to Boreholes
“The Municipality may, by public notice, require the owner of any premises on which a borehole exists or, if the owner is not in occupation of the premises, the occupier of the premises, to notify the Municipality of the existence of a borehole on the premises and to provide it with such information about the borehole as it may require; and the owner or occupier of any premises who intends to sink a borehole on the premises to notify it on the prescribed form of his or her intention to sink a borehole before work in connection with the sinking of the borehole is commenced. The Municipality may require the owner or occupier of any premises who intends to sink a borehole on the premises to conduct, to the satisfaction of the Municipality, an environmental impact assessment in respect of the proposed borehole before sinking the borehole.”
“In respect of an owner or occupier of premises who have an existing borehole on the premises that is used for water supply services, the Municipality may, by notice to the owner or occupier or by public notice, require the owner or occupier, as the case may be, to obtain approval from the Municipality for the use of the borehole for potable water supply services in accordance with sections 6, 7 and 22 of the Act; and impose conditions in respect of the use of the borehole for potable water supply services.”