Bringing Water to the Surface with Submersible Pumps

Boreholes are modern well-type structures that are drilled to access underground aquifers and bring water to the surface using submersible pumps. In olden days, wells served a similar purpose. Such a structure would typically feature a direct vertical connection to an aquifer via a bucket and rope. Modern advances saw the evolution of the water well into what we call a borehole today, fitted with submersible pumps to extract the water from it. People in Pretoria and the rest of Gauteng are accustomed to these installations at their homes, since they are commonplace in the area.

An aquifer refers to a body of underground water that can be accessed by drilling to it from the surface. Once the aquifer is reached, a submersible pump is installed that pumps the water to the surface. This water, also commonly referred to as groundwater, can be used in households and businesses as an alternative water source. With the municipal supply being occasionally unreliable, we all need a back-up plan. By drilling a borehole in your yard, you can rest assured that water will always be available.

Making the Best of Groundwater

Domestic Boreholes offers drilling solutions for residential households. The drilling process is complex and best left to professionals that can minimise the potential for problems arising. The first step is to get a hydrogeologist to determine where the aquifer is so that the drill location can be determined. Once this is done, the drilling process can commence. Contrary to what people might think, the best material to drill through is hard rock. Although soft ground or sand will be much easier to penetrate, hard rock will create a natural well with sturdy well walls that will not collapse during the drilling process.

Borehole drilling can become a messy process very quickly. Therefore, once we are done drilling, we also provide a site clean-up service, as well as maintenance-hole installation. Maintenance holes grant access to the borehole systems and the submersible pumps that sit in the aquifers. With everything in place, the yield can be optimised before the installation is finalised. Groundwater is the accumulation of various water sources, including rainwater, that keeps the aquifer filled. As a result, it is important to regularly test the contamination levels of the yielded water.

By knowing the contamination level of your yielded groundwater, you know what you can use the water for in your household. Should the water be safe for human consumption, you can use the water as you see fit throughout your household. This includes bathroom and kitchen use, which can save you a lot of money on your municipal bill. If you yield contaminated water, you can still use it for outdoor applications such as irrigation, water features, and washing vehicles.

Water is what keeps us alive. We can use submersible pumps to force groundwater to the surface so you can also have a viable alternative water source. For more information on how your household can benefit from a borehole, please contact us with any enquiries. Choose Domestic Boreholes for all your borehole-drilling needs and take advantage of groundwater in your household.

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