What is a borehole used for?
According to Wikipedia “A borehole is a narrow shaft bored in the ground, either vertically or horizontally. A borehole may be constructed for many different purposes, including the extraction of water, other liquids (such as petroleum) or gases (such as natural gas), as part of a geotechnical investigation, environmental site assessment, mineral exploration, temperature measurement, as a pilot hole for installing piers or underground utilities, for geothermal installations, or for underground storage of unwanted substances, e.g. in carbon capture and storage.”
Why do people use boreholes?
Boreholes has various advantages over surface water sources such as rivers, for example:
in areas where aquifers are present, they are usually accessible over large areas, so you can sink a borehole almost anywhere and have a water supply just where you need it
Boreholes often needs less treatment than rivers, being naturally filtered and (depending on the construction of the source) potentially less vulnerable to surface contaminants such as animal waste
Here are two of the key benefits that a domestic or commercial borehole can give you when you use a Borehole:
Whether you’re ecologically or financially motivated to live in self-sufficient and sustainable ways, equipping your home or business with the use of a borehole is a step in the right direction.
We all have a responsibility to use natural resources responsibly and when you use a borehole, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
The water that borehole’s produce is sitting dormant in the ground, naturally accumulating from rainfall and underground springs. Making use of it means that you’re simply utilising an unused groundwater resource.
Research shows that in the last decade, water prices have increased by up to 82% in some areas of the country and unsurprisingly, so have the profits of their suppliers.
By using a borehole, you are tapping into your own private water supply and can cut out a large percentage of those costs. If you opt for an advanced system with filtration, you can supply drinking water too and end your reliance on a utility provider and cut the costs out altogether.
When you use the water from your own private supply, apart from the initial borehole drilling costs, making use of it will cost you nothing more than a small fee for the electricity used to power your private well.
This means that if you regularly water your garden trees or vegetable patch, wash your car or farm vehicles, supply ponds or feed animals and livestock, then over the course of a year your savings could be substantial.