Borehole Pumps and the 7 must have pointers


Water and drought has been a hot topic in South Africa over the past year.   The recent drought experienced in 2018 was said to be the worst experienced in a decade.   The subject of water  trended across all  social networks and media publications. All water sources which supplied our households, small rural communities and on farms were impacted. In some parts of the country water restrictions were imposed.  Whatever requirements you may have had, it’s safe to say a cost-effective source of water is through a borehole and installing Borehole pumps.

Now before you rush off and hire a contractor to drill a borehole or to install borehole pumps, we recommend that you do some research.  We highly recommend that you try and plan or research your installation, giving you a good sense of the costs and processes.  Having an understanding will ensure you don’t get ripped off.

 7 must have pointers to consider when installing borehole pumps

  1. Get educated, learn more about borehole and the drilling process.
  2. Request a copy of the BWA publication called “A Layman’s Guide to Borehole Ownership”, which covers  borehole construction, drilling and borehole pumps installations.
  3. Always deal with a reputable contractor, it’s recommended to  use some sort of contract document
  4. Try to get a detailed quotation  of the work to be done with delivery times and costs.
  5. Do you need to register your borehole? see  “A Layman’s Guide to Borehole Ownership” Its also recommended that you, contact your local municipality who also can advise you on the correct course of action.


  1. Installing borehole pumps and drilling is a significant investment
    1. Its recommended that you seek the service of a  hydrogeologist before drilling.
    2. A hydrogeologist can conduct a survey of your property in order to pinpoint the most likely spot which offers the best chance of intersecting a strong water flows.
    3. To do this, they would make use of published data (e.g. groundwater maps) and in some cases, geophysical instruments. In the right conditions, these methods have a very good level of success.


  1. What if the driller does not find water?
    1. Your agreement with the driller will be to drill a hole in the ground, with the possibility of tapping into a sustainable source of water.
    2. In the unlikely event that the hole was found to be “dry”, you will still be required to pay the contractor for the drilling.
    3. However, you will not be required to pay for any materials and equipment such as borehole pumps that would be required for a complete installation, piping and electrics.

For a full guide please see the BWA site and don’t forget to take a look at some of our borehole contractor listed on Screwit


March 12, 2019