Drilling a borehole? Here's a step-by-step guide to what you can expect and how you can prepare

Drilling a borehole? Here's a step-by-step guide to what you can expect and how you can prepare

Why do you need water? To irrigate your garden and top up the swimming pool? To provide household water to a small rural community or farm household? Or maybe even to service a multi-hectare irrigation scheme. Whatever your requirements are, nothing beats a source of cost-effective water right where it’s needed. And in most cases, that solution is a borehole.

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Scientists have been drilling into the ocean floor for 50 years – here's what they've found so far

Scientists have been drilling into the ocean floor for 50 years – here's what they've found so far

It’s stunning but true that we know more about the surface of the moon than about the Earth’s ocean floor. Much of what we do know has come from scientific ocean drilling – the systematic collection of core samples from the deep seabed. This revolutionary process began 50 years ago, when the drilling vessel Glomar Challenger sailed into the Gulf of Mexico on August 11, 1968 on the first expedition of the federally funded Deep Sea Drilling Project.

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Why we're drilling into the world's highest glacier on Everest with a converted car wash

Why we're drilling into the world's highest glacier on Everest with a converted car wash

For nearly 100 years, Mount Everest has been a source of fascination for explorers and researchers alike. While the former have been determined to conquer “goddess mother of the world” – as it is known in Tibet – the latter have worked to uncover the secrets that lie beneath its surface. Our research team is no different. We are the first group trying to develop understanding of the glaciers on the flanks of Everest by drilling deep into their interior.

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SANS 10299: Development, maintenance and management of groundwater resources

SANS 10299: Development, maintenance and management of groundwater resources

SANS 10299: Development, maintenance and management of groundwater resources was the result of a project initiated by the BWA in 1996 to have a set of standards for borehole construction. Find what each standard covers, and how you can order electronic copies.

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What to look for when drilling a borehole

What to look for when drilling a borehole

To alleviate the strain on municipal water, many municipalities are encouraging home owners to drill boreholes on their properties. But what should end-users consider before making this investment? In this article, we give an overview of some of the aspects you should consider.

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Rural water supply is paying a high price for "cost-effective boreholes"

Rural water supply is paying a high price for "cost-effective boreholes"

One of the key objectives when drilling boreholes for rural water supply in Africa has been to optimise what has been termed “cost effective boreholes”. With all good intentions, this approach has been counterproductive, as the drive to reduce costs and increase the number of boreholes has been at the expense of quality.

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