The Benefits of Boreholes

To keep your garden looking lush, it is essential that you water your plants frequently. However having to constantly stand outside with a hosepipe is impractical, plus when we go through a dry summer as we just did, we need to use our water sources as effectively as possible. To ensure that both your garden and your pocket flourish, why not install an irrigation system that draws on borehole water?


Borehole water is groundwater that has been accessed by drilling a bore into an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock or unconsolidated materials, called aquifers, and pumping it to the surface. Not only is borehole water free, it also reduces the usage and wastage of precious potable water.

If you are considering installing a borehole, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Determine if there are boreholes in your neighbourhood by checking with your neighbours –they should be able to tell you if they have water, how much, as well as how deep the water is. If your neighbours are unsure, you can call out a company to do an aquifer test(pumping test) to see if there is any water available.
  • Check with your local municipality or council if you need permission to sink a borehole;
  • Employ a geohydrologist to pinpoint the location for drilling the borehole and ensure that this is far away from possible sources of pollution such as septic tanks.
  • Ensure that the whole drilling process is explained to you in detail so that you know exactly what to expect with the whole drilling process.
  • Ensure that there are no electrical cables, sewage or water pipes hidden under the ground where the drilling will take place;
  • Be aware that your drilling contractor can never guarantee that they will intersect water;
  • Check that your pump installer can provide you with proper yield, drawdown and step tests as these will enable him/her to select the correct pump for your needs;
  • Under the New Water Law, you may need to register your water usage with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry;
  • Bore water should never be used for watering edible plants unless it has been tested by a specialist laboratory.

Installing a borehole will add value to your plants, pocket and property. You can contribute to a greener future by making use of natures’ resources.


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