Average Cost Of Borehole In South Africa

What is Borehole?

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, or gases,

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Average Cost Of Borehole In South Africa

The average drilling cost is around R 600 a meter, according to the Borehole Water Association of Southern Africa (BWA).

Once drilling is done and groundwater has been found, there’s another outlay for installing a pump – about R25 000 to R30 000 – and then about R 12 000 for the laboratory water tests.

How long can a borehole last?

A borehole is an asset that should last 50-80 years, with very low maintenance costs in the first 10-15 years. But for this to happen, you need to make the right decisions at the start of the process and invest wisely for long-term returns

How deep should a borehole be?

A borehole consists of a hole drilled between 60 to 200m deep. Typically, the diameter of a borehole is around 110 to 150mm, but this depends on the type of machine being used to drill the borehole.

How much electricity does a borehole use?

This depends on the scale of the submersible pump installed but typically a small pump for normal use, e.g. less than 20m3/day abstraction will be very cheap to run.

How much water can a borehole produce per day?

20,000 liters

A single borehole for your business can produce up to 20,000 liters (20 cubic meters) of water daily.

Is a borehole a good investment?

Based on the cost analysis in this article, it is evident that the use of borehole water for watering gardens is a cost-efficient and viable alternative to municipal water. A well-maintained borehole is also a cost-effective, self-sufficient asset.

Do I need permission to drill a borehole in South Africa?

When dealing with licensing and registration of water use, it’s important to point out that a person does not need any permission to drill any borehole nor to register a borehole.

How long does a bore well last?

As a general rule of thumb, a properly installed and sized borehole should last 8-10 years. If you have only just installed a borehole, you’re likely to see years of service from your current equipment.

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