Borehole Water Testing Pretoria
The first step to installing a borehole is divination. This term refers to borehole surveying done to test the best location for your well. There are a variety of factors underground that will ultimately determine the prime location for installation.
Using geophysical tools, we will scope out the lay of the land and find the best aquifer for pumping. This technology will enable us to gauge the geological subsurface of your property and find a location that’s safe and prime for pumping.
Specifically, we’ll target fissures, fractures, and fault lines to find the best place for your borehole. As part of this, we’ll take care to map out phone lines, electrical cables, and piping so that we don’t run into any unfortunate issues while drilling your borehole. This is of the utmost importance, as a simple mistake could damage your home’s infrastructure and even prove catastrophic to an individual’s health.
For this reason, we urge you to go with the company that’s got an unbeatable track record when it comes to borehole drilling safety!
Ultimately, how this process goes about will be determined by the reason for your well. Are you planning on using the water residentially? If so, you’ll need different piping than you would for a business. Knowing this, you can also expect different costs based on the specific needs of your borehole.
Once your borehole has been constructed, you’ll also want to get it treated. This is not hard to do considering our top of the line borehole testing in Pretoria.
We have you covered with:
- Water Analysis
- Water Quality
- Water Treatment
- Water Filtration Systems
Testing the Borehole Yield
Calculating borehole yield is simply a way of testing borehole water supply. This test can only be performed one way: by installing a test pump that will draw out water from the aquifer at a set rate.
This rate will be monitored, as will the water levels in the aquifer. Once the data have been extracted, we use it to calculate the total yield of your borehole. This will be helpful in understanding the amount of water your well can hold and knowing how to treat the water (if necessary).
It’s important to understand that not every borehole has the same yield, and the specific yield of your particular borehole will be determined by the specifications of your aquifer.
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Water Testing FAQs
Is Borehole Water Safe to Drink?
This is by far the most common question we get about boreholes, and the answer is yes. An overwhelming majority of South African citizens use groundwater for their day-to-day meal prep and consumption. This means that you likely have nothing to worry about when it comes to consuming water from your borehole.
With that being said, you will want to have a lab perform a SANS-241 test that will verify that your water is safe to drink.
How Should I Use Borehole Water?
Borehole water purification makes borehole water great for a variety of uses. Still, you’ll want to use it sparingly so that you can maximize your supply. Remember that boreholes are not endless and can run dry if too much water is extracted.
Do I Need to Treat Borehole Water for My Garden?
For garden purposes, you generally do not need to treat your water. Still, you’ll want to make sure of a few things, starting with pH. Water with a pH lower than five should be treated, as should water that has any type of colour or odor. Your groundwater should look the same as standard water provided from the city.
You can get your water treated by taking a simple laboratory test. If you choose not to get your water tested, realize that it could have negative repercussions for your garden and for your health.
How Do I Know if My Borehole Water Is Contaminated?
The short answer is that you won’t always know.
Sometimes, your water can be contaminated without any obvious signs. For this reason, it’s always advised that you get your borehole water tested by a credible laboratory before you use it for any purpose.
With that being said, there are a few warning signs that you should look out for that can let you know when your water has been contaminated:
• A chemical smell (or a petrol smell)
• An upset stomach
• Changes in water colour
• A low pH
• Plants suddenly start dying
• Random soap suds
At the first sign of any of these red flags, you’ll want to have your water tested immediately.