Borehole Test Procedure
A Borehole test procedure is a controlled experiment in which a borehole (well) is pumped at a controlled rate and water-level response (draw down) is measured.
Depending on the application of the borehole a yield test may or may not be required. If the borehole is going to be used for a low demand or domestic system and the hydrogeologist, diviner or drilling company anticipate an adequate supply of water in the aquifer then a simple yield test using the final use pump is usually undertaken. This is generally installed in a temporary fashion to flush the borehole until it runs clear and establish that enough water is available.
With regards to the borehole test procedure If a borehole is to be used for a larger concern or requires proving for a particular application (e.g. an open source heat pump system) then a specific or measured yield test may be required. Borehole companies can assist in specifying this test, however, if abstracting over 20m³ per day then an abstraction licence is required, and the yield testing will need to be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the BWA
The Borehole test procedure aims to determine the optimum rate at which a borehole should be pumped. It differs from aquifer testing in that it considers the performance of the borehole and not the characteristics of the aquifer.
Why is the borehole test procedure important?
The purpose of the borehole test procedure is to determine the optimum rate at which a borehole should be pumped.
Borehole Test Procedure: Why should you test your borehole water?
Testing your private borehole water quality on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a safe and reliable source. The test results allow you to properly address the specific problems of a water supply. This will help ensure that the water source is being properly protected from potential contamination, and that appropriate treatment is selected and operating properly.
It is important to test the suitability of your water quality for its intended use, whether it be livestock watering, chemical spraying, or drinking water. This will assist you in making informed decisions about your water and how you use it.
Regular Testing Is Important To:
- Identify existing problems
- Ensure water is suitable for the intended use, especially if used for drinking by humans and animals
- Track changes over time
- Determine the effectiveness of a treatment system