Why you should install a borehole on your farm

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Why you should install a borehole on your farm

Considering all the environmental impacts that influence our water supply, farmers need to plan ahead for water alternatives that can support their farming needs. Apart from well points and greywater systems, a borehole is the ideal groundwater system for farming because it reduces the usage of potable water.

A ‘borehole’ can be described as a deep hole intended to tap water. It’s used in place of municipal water, and the most common use of boreholes is a self-sufficient water source for businesses. In extreme drought conditions, currently experienced throughout South Africa, without a good quality water solution, the lack thereof will become detrimental to your farming businesses. Although the quality of borehole water is drinkable after being tested, and should not be used for high-quality food products (unless filtered), it works exceptionally well for plant irrigation and other sanitation requirements on the farm.

The initial cost to install a borehole is expensive, but the return on investment and long-term savings it will bring your business are massive. Even if you don’t have the money to spend upfront, making the right decisions for your business will require you to seek financial help from time to time. Understanding the importance of agriculture finance as a business option will help you to overcome any resource challenges because there will always be finance companies who can help you achieve your goals.

Here are two main benefits of drilling a borehole on the farm:


  • Helps you to become more self-sufficient with your business

A borehole is a resource that your business can rely on, whenever the municipality has water problems. It allows you to be more self-sufficient with your business, because you have total control over your water supply and will not be inconvenienced by any restrictions, unless vital. A borehole requires very little to maintain, in terms of ongoing costs, besides an electrical pump to power the water. This makes it a financial asset that will bring your business years of production.


  • Economic advantages

Over the years, water prices have risen and the more you use, the more you pay. With borehole water, you are not spending massive amounts on water bills, as it accesses an existing supply of groundwater which is accumulated over the years. For watering purposes, this water can be used as is, but if you require filtered, clean water, you can insert a filtration method that makes it ideal for drinking too. Along with an economic advantage, having a borehole on your property will help to add value to your property.


What does the planning process entail?

Now, planning and researching for your borehole requires careful consideration. You will need to shop around for the best quote, as you will be charged for the initial drilling process. Farm boreholes are thousands of Rands more than domestic boreholes. The company which you choose to perform it will need to come and analyse your ground before they can make a decision to drill. Depending on how deep they are required to drill, the more expensive it will be. However, you will not be required to pay for any additional processing tools if there is not any water available. If they do find water, you will need to purchase the right kind of pump, as well as pay for an installation fee and a pumping test. Your borehole will also need to be registered, as companies and government officials to be aware of your water supply.

It is crucial for your business to apply and register your borehole with the National Water Act (NWA) because if not, it could significantly affect the profile of your business. This will make it difficult to sell or redevelop in the future. Knowing that it is legal to implement these groundwater solutions, it still means that we will need to look after our water and properly monitor it. If business owners do not manage the boreholes they install, groundwater resources could easily run dry in years to come.


Final words

As much as a clean and reliable water supply is essential to your business needs, many people have identified that saving money is paramount for your business growth. To look after your farm workers’ health and sanitation, as well as your livestock or crops, installing a borehole is one of the most cost-effective solutions for your farming business. This will allow you to become more innovative with your production and it will help you save money on municipal bills. For as long as the weather conditions remain unpredictable, the challenge for sustainable water will always be there. And the last thing you need is to push back your business operations because of the lack of resources.

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