Top content of 2016

What’s trending in the Borehole Water Journal Online? Here are the top five most popular articles for 2016.

Number 1: Are boreholes a good investment?

The answer was a surprise both to the geohydrology company that supplied the material and to all of us at the BWJO. Groundwater resources have always played a critical role in meeting the water demands of traditionally water-scarce areas of the world, but what about the cost of having a borehole drilled and equipped? In this article, we looked at two examples to demonstrate how groundwater can serve as a very attractive investment rather than just a pure expense. If you haven’t already, read the full article here.

Number 2: To register or not to register: Permitted water use explained in terms of the National Water Act.

The Borehole Water Association is constantly asked about the legal aspects of having a borehole drilled be it in rural or urban areas. We asked someone well-versed with the intricacies of this complex and sometimes conflicting aspect of owning a borehole to shed some light on the subject. Get the details here.

Number 3: What to look for when drilling a borehole

First time buyers of borehole systems can be forgiven if they see the process as being risky and expensive. This need not be the case. This article gives sound advice on the whole process. Following the basic rules covered, will ensure the best possible chance of a successful and cost-effective borehole. Read how it’s done here.

Number 4: Making cents of a borehole installation

What is the biggest cost associated with owning a borehole? The tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Rands paid out for the hole, casing, pump, electrics etc.? The Life Cycle Cost/Cost of Ownership calculation answers with an emphatic No. If electricity prices followed the accepted rate of inflation, R1 worth of electricity in 2000 should cost R2,45 in 2016. The sad fact is you will pay R6,08 or 2,5 times the Consumer Price Index. Click here to read why borehole system efficiency and using water wisely is paramount to getting your money back as quickly as possible.

Number 5: Rural water supply is paying a high price for “cost-effective boreholes”

All too often the pressure to deliver water-related services to rural communities means cutting costs to stretch every Rand as far as possible. The author, with many years of experience in this area of the groundwater industry, shows that all too often the Rands are stretched past their breaking point. This leads to the selection of services and materials purely based on them being “cheap”. The result is an installation that cannot be relied on and in some cases, can be hazardous to community health and well being. Read all about it here.

If you have a good borehole-related story to tell, we would like to hear from you.