BOREHOLE COST: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL A BOREHOLE?

Borehole cost is a pertinent question these days.  The drought of recent years has made water security a critical focus.

Borehole drilling in Cape Town can vary in price anywhere from R30 000 to R180 000.  This depends on the following factors:

  • The area in which it is drilled
  • The depth of the aquifer
  • Amount of casing and filter media required
  • The specifications of the submersible pump
  • Difficulty accessing the site/crane hire

 

When it comes to groundwater you can access it either via a borehole or a wellpoint.  

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BOREHOLE AND A WELLPOINT?

A wellpoint is used to access shallow groundwater.  It can be used in areas that are close to the water table.  By contrast, a borehole is used to access deeper groundwater.  As a result, it is suitable for areas that are further from the water table. 
 

WHERE DOES BOREHOLE WATER COME FROM?

Borehole water comes from groundwater that has accumulated over time from rainfall.  The rain seeps into the cracks and spaces of underground sand, soil, and rock.  These are known as aquifers

Aquifers are made from materials like gravel, sandstone, sand, and rock.   The big connected spaces in these substances make them permeable.  As a result, groundwater flows freely through these materials.  

The speed of flow is determined by the size of the spaces in these materials.  Additionally, how well the spaces are connected is also a factor for the speed of water flow.

The water table varies in depth depending on location.  However, groundwater occurs just about everywhere. 

The depth of the water table is affected by various factors.  Accordingly, heavy rainfall or melting snow will raise it.  On the other hand, over-pumping groundwater without enough time to replenish will lower it.  

Groundwater can bubble to the surface via a spring.  These can flow into lakes and streams.  It can also be accessed through a borehole or well-point.

Groundwater is an invaluable natural resource. However, it can become polluted through septic tanks, landfills, and even pesticides.  As a result, borehole and wellpoint water must be tested and treated if you want to drink it.

Drilling a borehole is a lifelong investment! Firstly, it adds value to your property.  Secondly, it provides you with your own water source! As a result, it’s well worth it and will just yield lifelong benefits.  

Contact us today for your free borehole drilling quote, Cape Town

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