With constant increases in the cost of living, including high water costs, coupled with concerns about groundwater shortages, it raises the question of what other options are available to us so that we can continue to receive a plentiful supply of safe and fresh water?
Boreholes provide a sustainable and cost-effective way to gain access to clean and naturally filtered water for either domestic or commercial purposes.
As rain falls, the water trickles down to the rock and builds up underground. The borehole allows you to tap into this underground water source, allowing easy access to a reliable and private supply of water for either drinking or for certain appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers or irrigation. It does take a while to build up the water, but it provides a sustainable solution in times when surface water may be in short supply, as boreholes store old water from previous times.
How do they work?
A vertical hole is made down into the earth, placed in the best location so it can withdraw as much water as possible from the ground. In simple terms, it is very similar to a well but with the help of an electric pump. The depth of the borehole is not a set amount and will differ depending on the individual situation. You can either use the underground water for outdoor use, or you can incorporate filtration methods so the water is safe for indoor use and oral consumption.
If installed properly, a borehole can extract up to 20,000 litres of water a day with no need to use the mains water supply at all.
Why should they be considered?
Here in the UK, we are considered a ‘water rich’ country. In 2005, the UK government deregulated controlled water abstractions, including boreholes, allowing abstraction of water from underground to take place without the need to obtain a license, if abstracting up to a maximum of 20,000 litres per day. For Scotland, notification may be required depending on the level of extraction, so make sure you check with local authorities first.
Boreholes use far less energy than other water supplies to draw the water to the surface and are extremely cost effective and eco-friendly!
If constructed properly and maintained well, they can last for a very long time. There are even boreholes that were installed before World War II that are still in full working order today!
To learn more about how you can benefit from your own private water supply, please contact the team at Wildon UK. We can supply high quality pumps to be used in boreholes, so you can receive a reliable supply of water all year round.Go back to