Aquaman - no trace of a drilling operation and no damage to the environment

There’s no denying that drilling a borehole is a messy business. That’s why you need a driller who not only offers quality workmanship during the drilling process, but also rehabilitates the drilling site with care. At Aquaman Drilling Trust, we pride ourselves on adhering to strict standards throughout the borehole drilling process and we ensure that there are very few traces of a drilling operation once we have completed our rehabilitation work.

Just have a look at the way we rehabilitated this borehole site at a game farm in Limpopo.

Our track record, since starting in 1994, speaks for itself. We have drilled boreholes for government (including Vhembe District Municipality, Makhado Local Municipality, and the Department of Water and Sanitation), schools in rural areas, as well as boreholes for private clients on farms or residential homes. We come highly recommended by several consulting firms, and we will gladly provide you with their letters of recommendation.

Aquaman is based in the Limpopo Province, but we have experience with drilling throughout South Africa, as well as in Botswana and Zambia.

Contact Aquaman Drilling Trust:

  • Office: 015 517 7210
  • Wouter Meintjies: 071 694 6880
    or 083 228 9359
  • Leoni Meintjies: 083 586 4788
  • Email:

Franklin Electric launches all-in-one solar system pumping solution

Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar pumping system which tackles the challenges of harsh and remote environments and provides maximum pumping power on sunny days when water is needed most. The new modular and compact Fhoton SolarPAK was jointly developed by Franklin Electric USA and Franklin Electric South Africa and offers a more versatile, all-in-one system solution for all solar pumping requirements.

Based on conventional borehole technology, the Fhoton SolarPAK pumps are the first of their kind on the South African market and include submersible, water-filled motors that operate at variable speeds, providing quiet, pollution-free, corrosion-free and self-lubricating water pumping solutions.

Application Engineering Manager for Franklin Electric SA Lyon Van Der Merwe notes that the Franklin Electric SolarPAK is unique in its use of standard borehole equipment backed up by access to full industry logistics and support, in comparison to other solar products on the market that use pump and motor technologies not necessarily suitable for reliable borehole applications. “Franklin Electric SA is bringing dependable, standard borehole equipment to the solar market for the first time in South Africa, giving our customers access to solar pumping systems with the same consistency as conventional borehole equipment,” says Van Der Merwe.

Besides negating the need for fuel-burning generators, the Fhoton SolarPAK is also more economical in the long run with many of the smaller sized systems costing little more than their fuel-powered equivalents. In addition, the solar system minimises future costs and cost uncertainties as the fuel is free and the pump element, which can be removed and replaced alone, is the only wearing part, with little or no maintenance required.

“With a solar pumping system there is a significant reduction of cost of ownership and customers are assured of many years of reliable water supply at near-zero operating cost,” says Van Der Merwe. He adds that the investment payback period for Franklin Electric’s Fhoton SolarPAK is 12–24 months, allowing customers to quickly realise the benefits of a solar-powered water pumping system.

Further advantages of the Fhoton SolarPAK include:

  • It is not reliant on fuel or electricity
  • Solar systems are expandable. A pump may be installed with the minimum number of modules. Later, when economies allows, the system may be expanded to full capacity
  • Solar electric-powered pumping is extremely efficient
  • Low-volume solar pumps can be utilised in marginal wells, otherwise considered dry
  • Solar pumps are very useful for lifting water from wells and pushing water through pipelines that may be several kilometres long
  • Solar pumps are constructed of high quality materials and designed for corrosion resistance and maintenance-free service even in harsh environments, offering long-term performance and reliability. 

The Franklin Electric SolarPAK is suitable for a variety of applications from livestock watering to rural water supply and renewable energy projects, and can be designed for small, medium and large scale water requirements. Typical flow ranges begin at 1 000 litres per day and from depths of 5 to 120 metres for small systems, while large scale flow systems can reach in excess of 185 000 litres per day and achievedepths of up to 300 metres. Small scale systems use highly efficient, standard AC motors and progressing cavity pumps, while medium scale systems utilise multi-stage, centrifugal submersible pumps powered by high efficiency permanent magnet motors. Large scale systems are driven by an array of high powered modules, ensuring reliability and an expected lifetime in excess of 20 to 25 years.  Power from the solar array is fed into a state-of-the-art electronic inverter which converts direct current into three-phase variable frequency output.

Franklin Electric is the leading manufacturer of world-class pumping solutions with an extensive branch and distribution network of authorised service providers offering wide-ranging support facilities to their customers. The company’s product portfolio is backed by a highly qualified, experienced, proficient team of design engineers, product managers and technical sales force.

Franklin Electric’s solar powered pumps will be available for purchase at NAMPO from 16 to 19 May at a once-off promotional offer for the duration of the show. There will also be prizes for visitors to the stand, with a grand prize of a complete solar powered pumping system, including a 250Wp solar panel. Visit Franklin Electric at stand 25.

For further information about Franklin Electric’s Fhoton SolarPAK, contact Neall Venter at Franklin Electric on or 011 723 6500, or visit


Franklin Electric submersible motors still going strong after 30 years

Franklin Electric SA customer Chris Prinsloo did a double take when he removed the Franklin Electric 4” submersible motor from his borehole only to find there was nothing wrong with it. The fact that is was 30 years old and had never been replaced was remarkable enough, but discovering that it was still in perfect working condition was astounding. Client testimonials such as these are not unusual when it comes to Franklin Electric SA and their product line of submersible water lubricated motors, with two others at least, still operating faultlessly since they were first purchased in 1978 and 1972, the year that Franklin Electric was founded in South Africa.

The three reclaimed submersible motors on display whose combined age tally up to an incredible 112 years

The three reclaimed submersible motors on display whose combined age tally up to an incredible 112 years

Franklin Electric SA will be keeping the three reclaimed submersible motors on display whose combined age tally up to an incredible 112 years. “There is nothing wrong with the motors,” states Jano Verreynne, Product Manager of Centrifugal Technology, Drivers & Controls for Franklin Electric SA. “We exchanged them with our client’s for new ones so we could put the old ones on display to showcase their longstanding performance.”

The three reclaimed motors have all been replaced by Franklin Electric SA at their own cost and although the aesthetics of the motors may have changed slightly over the years, the inner mechanisms of the component are still based on the original Franklin Electric design from 1944.

Franklin Electric SA will be launching its next generation of 4” submersible motors with upgrades that include a new 316 stainless steel casing, top and bottom end bells. The new design also incorporates a novel plug sleeve for ease of installation and to reduce the risk of water ingress. The new model also has an outer replenishing option via syringe.

As per the original design, the motors remain water-lubricated as opposed to oil-filled which reduces the risk of borehole water contamination or the motor malfunctioning should external water leak into the component. In addition, the depth of installation of the motor has no adverse effect as the pressure on the exterior of the borehole and within the water-filled motor remains the same. “Oil-filled motors are cheaper to manufacture, but in the long term water-filled motors are much more cost effective with an extensively longer operational lifespan, as the Franklin Electric motors have demonstrated,” explains Verreynne.

Franklin Electric SA is the largest supplier of submersible borehole pump motors, water pumping systems and submersible petrol pumps in southern Africa. Lyon Van Der Merwe, Application Engineering Manager for Franklin Electric SA, says that approximately 1,2-million of the 4” submersible motors have been sold in the country since the company was established in South Africa in 1972.

In a testimonial to Franklin Electric, longstanding customer Chris Prinsloo applauds the Franklin Electric submersible pumps and their extensive lifespan.

Franklin Electric Standard Motor

Franklin Electric Standard Motor

Prinsloo, a qualified electrician, explains how he first sunk his own borehole in 1986, using a submersible motor and pump system purchased from Franklin Electric SA. The pump was installed at a depth of 24 metres with the borehole keeping his garden green for 20 years without a hitch. After tripping his electricity supply on a few occasions the pump was removed and a lead out cable replaced, solving the problem. During a drought in the ‘90s, Prinsloo pushed his borehole pump to full capacity as it supplied his entire household and residence with all their fresh water needs.

In 2015 and after almost 30 years of faultless service the pump once again began tripping Prinsloo’s power supply. Convinced that the pump and motor had had their day Prinsloo went as far as purchasing a new pump system before the old unit was even unearthed. “You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the only problem was the lead out cable once again – and not the pump or motor itself,” exclaims a clearly astounded Prinsloo. 

Franklin Electric is one of the oldest submersible motor manufacturers in the world and the Franklin Electric 4” motor has been the driving force behind residential and light commercial submersible pumps for decades. Franklin Electric SA’s early product lines consisted mainly of submersible motors with the first shipment arriving in Johannesburg in May 1972. Verreynne says that one of the three reclaimed motors that are now back in Franklin Electric SA’s possession was manufactured in February 1972, making it one of the first ever to be purchased in South Africa. “And it still works,” he says modestly, leaving one with the impression that when it comes to Franklin Electric submersible motors, some things are really built to last.

Which goes to say: “Over decades Franklin Electric has quietly been slaving away successfully for you – if you installed a Franklin Electric.”

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