Water Borehole Drilling


Borehole Drilling

Thinking of getting a water borehole on your property? But unsure about the process and where to begin? Whether it’s for your residential, commercial, industrial, or agricultural property. We can help, so call the professionals on 087 806 6262!

The Water Borehole Lifestyle

We’ve all noticed the signs in our neighborhoods that advertise “borehole water.” Those with these signs are the people enjoying lush lawns, clean cars, and affordable water bills, all thanks to boreholes.

Amidst dwindling dam levels, rising municipal water costs, and growing frustration, it’s crucial to grasp the significance of alternative water sources, especially in these challenging times.

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The Water Borehole Drilling Process

We wanted to give you the information you need to make the decision to invest in a water borehole today.

In our commitment to demystify the process and empower you to make an informed choice about setting up your own water borehole, we take pride in providing you with a comprehensive understanding of borehole drilling.

Now, let’s delve into the step-by-step process of borehole drilling.

The Water Borehole Drilling Process In 4 Steps


Step 1 – Borehole Site Selection by Hydro-geologists

Our initial task involves pinpointing the water source and planning the approach to access it. To achieve this, we enlist the expertise of hydro-geologists who employ various drilling techniques to assess the geophysical properties of the underlying area. These professionals play a crucial role in ensuring that we steer clear of natural hazards and avoid interfering with man-made infrastructure such as pipelines, cables, and phone lines.


Step 2 – Drilling and Construction

Following the groundwork laid by our hydro-geologists, we proceed with the actual drilling and construction of the borehole. Contrary to common misconceptions, it’s not a simple, instantaneous process, and an immediate gush of water doesn’t occur once drilling is complete. Several subsequent steps and processes are necessary. Additionally, the borehole is reinforced with steel casing to stabilize it.


Step 3 – Determining Borehole Yield

To accurately assess the yield of a residential water borehole, we conduct an aquifer test. This test involves the installation of a test pump to draw water from the borehole at specific rates and durations. We then evaluate how this pumping affects the water level within the borehole. By adjusting the abstraction rate, we optimize the borehole’s water drawdown to achieve maximum yield.


Step 4 – Pumping and Piping the Borehole

The choice of pumping system and piping for your domestic water borehole largely depends on its intended purpose. For more information or to initiate the process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us using the contact details provided on our Contact page.

Calculating the Cost of Borehole Drilling

The cost of drilling a water borehole is influenced by a variety of factors, processes, and equipment used during the drilling operation.

Since no two boreholes are identical, it’s practical to work with an average cost for borehole drilling.

As more boreholes are drilled, it becomes possible to provide clients with more accurate estimates.

Each borehole is distinct due to the varying combinations of factors that influence the choice of equipment and processes.

Therefore, the cost of borehole drilling is not a mere figure on paper but a meticulously calculated formula that takes into account the specific conditions and requirements of each project.

Determining the Appropriate Processes and Borehole Drilling Methods

The choice of borehole drilling procedures hinges on the aforementioned factors and the geological expertise of the drilling team.

Inexperienced operators can incur substantial costs, potentially leading to errors, resource wastage, and prolonged geological site research.

Moreover, the intended use of the borehole plays a pivotal role. Different types of boreholes, such as those for bottling plants, commercial sites, residential purposes, or livestock, necessitate distinct methods, materials, and labor requirements.

When calculating the cost of a borehole, it’s crucial to consider the required water volume and the anticipated duration of borehole usage. Some boreholes may have a relatively short lifespan, while others can remain in operation for decades.

Key Elements in Calculating Borehole Installation Expenses

1. Site Selection – This step involves identifying the optimal borehole location to ensure the best performance and water quality at the most cost-effective price.

2. Mobilization and Demobilization – This cost encompasses the transportation of machinery, equipment, and materials to and from the drilling site for setup and removal.

3. Borehole Drilling Cost per Meter – The drilling expenses are typically calculated on a per-meter basis, as the depth and ground type significantly impact the cost of drilling.

4. Material Costs for Construction – After drilling, materials such as casing, screens, gravel packs, sanitary seals, and well heads are necessary for the completion of the borehole.

5. Performance and Quality Testing – This step includes well development, pump testing, and water quality assessment to determine the borehole’s performance (water availability) and water quality.

6. Platform and Pump Installation – Depending on the borehole’s intended use, either a hand pump or an electric pump is installed, along with a platform.

These are the fundamental factors, processes, and components to consider when estimating the expenses associated with borehole drilling. This overview should provide you with a clear understanding of the components involved in calculating borehole costs.

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