Top Reasons Why You Need To Drill A Borehole In Zimbabwe

Boreholes have been a source of water for centuries. Despite this, their benefits are still relatively unknown to a lot of home and business owners. 

A borehole is a general term used to describe a deep hole intended to tap a natural resource, whether that be water, oil or another liquid. The most common use of boreholes is as a self-sufficient water source for your home or business. 
Top Reasons Why You Need To Drill A Borehole In Zimbabwe
Top Reasons Why You Need To Drill A Borehole In Zimbabwe
A deep Borehole is drilled down to the water source, the sides of the Borehole are secured with Borehole Casings and a Submersible Borehole Pump is installed to draw the water to the surface. But why would a home or a business choose to invest in installing their own water source, rather than using a mains water source? 

There are a number of benefits to boreholes that we’ve examined in this article.

1. The Self-Sufficient Edge: Many consumers cite the fact that boreholes provide a self-sufficient edge as their primary benefit. The water contained within these holes has accumulated as a result of rain and natural run-off, so the consumer is merely accessing a resource that has accumulated as a result of the topography of their region. There is, therefore, no reliance on third party machinery or processes for the water supply. 

While mains can encounter problems from time to time, boreholes are completely independent of such risks. Some of the issues which can be avoided by using this type of commercial water source include:

  • Supply problems.
  • Faulty valves or burst pipes.
  • Low flow rates during times of high demand.

Boreholes offer a continuous supply of water at constant pressure. Furthermore, the chances of a fault are dramatically reduced due to the fact that the entire system is only meant to serve a single property. Boreholes are a much more reliable water source, meaning you will not have to worry about problems in the mains system.

2. Economic Advantages: Water is a natural resource that has grown increasingly expensive over time. A borehole accesses an existing supply of water; completely eliminating any type of middleman from the picture. It is also worth noting that there are advanced filtration methods available; ideal for those who plan on drinking the water that emerges from the ground.

3. The Potential for a Financial Return: Not only can this type of domestic or commercial water source save money, but it may also help consumers turn a profit. There are two primary reasons for this observation. First, a borehole is considered to be a type of building improvement. Similar to other systems such as solar panels or a new roof, a borehole can add value to a commercial property. It is estimated that any improvements intended to save energy can increase the value of a property by as much as 14%.

As well as this you could end up saving yourself thousands of dollars every single year.

4. The Financial and Environmental Edge: Ultimately, these resources are able to provide invaluable benefits to the modern property owner. Although the principle of boreholes has changed little over the years, there is no doubt that their commercial and financial appeal is on the rise. 

We should also mention that these are environmentally friendly means to access a liquid which is vital to our very survival. Enjoying this “liquid” asset has never been easier. Using a borehole is great as it is a sustainable natural water source and could be argued it is even better than mains water. 60% of all mains water is recycled wastewater which of course is great that is getting reused but it will use a lot of energy to clean the water to a point that it is safe to drink. 

With a borehole, the water is coming straight out of the ground so there is no contamination or need for in-depth cleaning.

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Five Facts About Borehole Drilling That You Need To Take Note Of:

1. Know Your Borehole Casings:The Preferred Borehole Casing In Zimbabwe Is Class 9 and 10 (Pressure Classes.)This is because Class 9 and Class 10 Casings are more collapse resistant. The strength of a Casing is often described as collapse resistance.

2. Borehole Drilling Depth: The exact depth, of where the water is located, cannot be established by the drilling contractor nor the Water Surveyor (Borehole Siter).

3. The Is No 100% Guarantee On Water: It is important to note that it is never a 100% guarantee that any hole will yield water, the amount and water quality can also not be guaranteed by the drilling contractor and water surveyor.

4. Borehole Siting or Water Surveying Is Important: Making use of a hydrologist or traditional water diviner will increase your chances of having a successful borehole that will yield a sufficient amount of water.

5. Know The Risks: The risk of the borehole drilling lies with the property owner. The client will still be liable for the drilling costs irrespective of a borehole yielding water or not.

The Cost or Prices For Borehole Drilling in Zimbabwe:

1. Siting: $100.00USD
2. Drilling and Casing: (40 Metres) $1300.00USD - (Using Class 6)
3. AC Electrical Installation: $1000.00USD
4. Solar Pump Installation: $1400.00USD
5. Extra Metres After 40 Metres: USD $45.00USD per metre.
6. 5000 Litre Tank and 4 metre Tank Stand: $1000.00USD
7. Stuck Pump Fishing Out: $180.00USD
8. Capacity Testing: $250.00USD

- Casing with Class 9 Casing incurs an additional $200.00USD.
- Double Casing: $20.00USD per metre.

Note this is the average price borehole companies charge for their services in Zimbabwe, but this figure is subject to changes if conditions are different depending on the construction site.

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