South Africa, and particularly the Western Cape, has been in the grip of a devastating drought for more than a year now. Water sources are dwindling and the municipalities have to do everything in their power to ensure that steps are taken to protect and preserve the little water resources that are available.

Cape Town has now entered Level 5 water restrictions, which means that any use of municipal water is strictly controlled and that individuals are now limited to a daily use of 87 litres per person per day. This includes bathing, cooking, and drinking water. Irrigation with municipal water is now prohibited, and people are urged to save greywater (bath, shower, and dishwater) to flush their toilets. Despite rain falling in the region over the winter, the overall water levels have increased only marginally, and it is estimated that, even with normal annual rainfall, it will take the Western Cape more than five years to return to the usual water levels.

As a result, many different projects have commenced over the last year to save water, and these include lowering the water pressure throughout major municipal areas, severe water restrictions with heavy fines for those who exceed their daily water limit on a continuous basis, desalination programmes, and many others. Municipalities are even drilling boreholes in Cape Town and surrounding areas to gain access to potable water.

Because of the water restrictions and the high cost of water, many companies and households have now also opted for drilling boreholes in Cape Town to give them access to continuous water sources that they can use for various purposes. Instead of using municipal water for sanitation (flushing toilets, washing dishes, or bathing/showering) it is possible to use borehole water for these activities. While irrigation with municipal water it prohibited, it is allowable to irrigate with borehole water.

There are very few restrictions when it comes to the drilling of boreholes and the use of water from them, although the process has to be conducted by a professional borehole company that can put all the right measures in place to ensure that the water source is sustainable, that the borehole is safe to use, and that it doesn’t impact on other natural resources in the area.

While drilling boreholes in Cape Town demands some upfront costs, the medium- to long-term benefits are indisputable and eventually, you will receive some great returns on this investment. Give our team at Domestic Boreholes a call to find out how we can help you gain access to your very own water source!

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