How Much Does a Water Borehole Cost in Botswana

How Much Does a Water Borehole Cost in Botswana

What is Water Borehole?

Water boreholes (also known as water wells) are deep, narrow wells that tap into naturally occurring underground water. To use this water, a high efficiency pump is installed to extract the water from the permeable rock below.

How Much Does a Water Borehole Cost in Botswana

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How many boreholes are there in Botswana?

There are more than 25,000 officially registered boreholes in Botswana of which 10,000 are owned by the government for water supply.

What is the lifespan of a borehole?

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.

Do I need permission for a borehole?

Landowners have a right to access any water beneath their ground. This means there is no need to acquire planning permission to drill a water borehole, thus making it easy for a developer to install a borehole during a property build process.

Can you drink water straight from a borehole?

In short, yes, borehole water is usually safe to drink. However, The Private Water Supplies Regulations has said that you must have your private water supply checked to ensure it is consistent with drinking water standards.

Is a borehole a good investment?

A water borehole is a long-term investment. It may seem like a large upfront cost, but a properly constructed water borehole should last you at least ten to fifteen years with proper maintenance and minimal running or ongoing costs during that period.

What are the problems with borehole?

Borehole stability problems can result from damaged casing and screens, borehole wall collapse, corrosion or excessive water velocities into the well. High water velocity can cause formation particles, like sand, to flow into the well, causing eventual collapse of the borehole wall.

Can you bath in borehole water?

Borewell water is not safe for bathing and drinking. Borewell water is ground water and many areas of groundwater are now contaminated with heavy metals, POPs (persistent organic pollutants), and nutrients that have an adverse affect on health.

Can Neighbours share a borehole?

By registering a notarial deed of servitude, which sets out the rights, and obligations of the parties, all participating owners are secured. Their rights will be enforceable against future owners of both properties. As the name suggests, it secures the right to have passage over another property.

Can borehole dry up?

Today’s borehole should be at least 30 meters deep, while shallower boreholes can dry faster. So if you are considering getting a new borehole, focus on sufficient depth, and on also the width of it. However, drought is not the only reason for well drying out.

Can you wash your car with borehole water?

TOP TIP: If you’ve recently sunk a borehole, be sure to have the water tested before you use it to wash your vehicle. In certain regions, groundwater can be quite acidic, which could have a negative impact on your car’s paint job.

Can you boil borehole water and drink it?

If you are using borehole water or if you are uncertain of the source of your water, you should boil your water to make it safe to drink. Boiling is the surest method to kill disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites.