Borehole Water For Domestic Irrigation-Use Saves Money - Borehole Drilling in South Africa?

Due to rising utility costs and water bills, installing a borehole has become a viable approach to obtain cheaper water. Boreholes generate a fast investment payback. 

They lower costs by up to 80% of a metered mains supply, all depending on water usage.

Household Water Use:

Properties of more than 500 m2 with running water generally use up to 46% of their water consumption for irrigation. The use of municipal water for garden irrigation is more of a waste of drinking water. By using groundwater for irrigation, people could easily reduce their water bills, while reducing the demand for municipal water supplies. 
Borehole Water For Domestic Irrigation-Use Saves Money - Borehole Drilling in South Africa?

Municipalities use tariff rates that increase in proportion to consumption. This has a great effect on the water bill each month.

Considering the cost of installing and maintaining a well, are the potential water savings worth it? To answer this question, let's review the costs of installing and maintaining a well in a standard residential home.

Below are the main expenditures linked to installing a borehole:

  • Geo-survey/Water divining - Costs to determine if and where to locate a borehole.
  • Borehole construction cost for moving of equipment to the site and back.
  • Drilling - charged per-hour or per meter.
  • Casing entailing supply and installation of durable casing and screen, gravel pack, hygienic seal.
  • Development regarding clean-up of the borehole following construction.
  • Pumping test expense for post-construction evaluation of borehole and aquifer effectiveness.
  • Hydrochemical analysis - water quality tests for the designated use.
  • Installation of a pump and drinkable water storage tank and reticulation system.
  • Routine maintenance costs for yearly inspections of the pumping equipment, pipework and repair costs in case there are any failures.
  • Electricity fees for operating the pump whenever it is turned on, although this can be replaced by a once-off cost of installing a solar pump system 

The average cost of a borehole in South Africa is anything from R60 000 to R90 000.

Borehole a self-sufficient asset:

Although there has been capital layout initially, it is clear that by using well water to irrigate gardens, can be profitable and useful to replace municipal water. A well-maintained borehole can also be a profitable and self-sufficient asset. 


While preliminary drilling and equipment costs can be significant, you will find long-term financial benefits for groundwater, particularly the fact that drilling water is not as expensive as municipal water.

For More Information About Boreholes Contact PumpnMech Boreholes (South Africa):


PumpnMech Boreholes has a team that combines extensive industry experience with the best project management processes, techniques, and tools to succeed. The PumpnMech Boreholes team specialize in the following functions:

1. Borehole Drilling
2. Water Supply Solutions
3. Water Treatment
4. Water Reticulation
5. Wastewater Recycling
6. Water Reclamation (Reuse)

PumpnMech Boreholes builds water and wastewater plants and offer service maintenance and refurbishment.

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