Borehole Installation Cost
What are they? A borehole is a long narrow shaft that is drilled into the ground to locate and extract underground water. they can take about three to five days to install.
According to the Borehole Water Association of Southern Africa (BWA), you should contact your local municipal offices to find out if you need permission to drill a borehole in your area.
If permission is required and you have not applied for it, the municipality could fine you heavily.
Remember too, that if you are using the borehole water for human and possibly animal consumption that a water quality test is vital and should be done on an annual basis.
How much does the borehole installation cost? The costs can differ depending on how deep the borehole needs to be and the quantity of casting that needs to be used.
The major costs you’d incur would be from drilling, yield testing and equipment. It’s vital to compare costs. The BWA’s pump installers division head, Roy Shearer, says the average drill cost is around R600 a metre.
What you need to know about Borehole Installation Cost the costs of installing a borehole
- 1. Site selection: which is used to determine whether and where to locate a groundwater production borehole.
- 2. Borehole construction: This includes the mobilisation of equipment to the site and back to the base, drilling per metre, casing entailing supply and installation of solid casing and screen, gravel pack, sanitary seal and well-head construction, and well development entailing cleaning of the borehole after construction.
- 3. Pumping test cost for post-construction assessment of borehole and aquifer performance.
Homeowners do not have to register their boreholes if they plan to use the water for small gardening.
- 4. Hadrochemical analysis cost of water quality testing for an intended use.
- 5. Installation cost for a pump and/or potable water storage tank and reticulation system.
- 6. Maintenance costs for annual checks to the pumping equipment, pipe work and repairs should there be any failures.
- 7. Electricity costs for running the pump each time it is switched on.