Your Borehole Questions Answered
Q. Who can have a borehole?
A. Almost everybody with a garden, or piece of land can have a borehole.
Q. Do I need a licence or permission?
A. No, as detailed in the Water Act of 2003 anyone is allowed to extract up to 20 000 litres per day without licence or charge. If you wish to extract more than this, you will need to obtain an Abstraction Licence from the Environment Agency.
Q. Is it bad for the environment?
A. No, the drilling rig we use is the preferred method of drilling by the Environment Agency because of its low environmental impact.
Q. Do you guarantee to find water?
A. No; and be wary of any company offering a guarantee! The water table is by its nature, impossible to guarantee. The BGS survey does, however, provide a very reliable indication of location and depth. In the unlikely event that we do not find water on your site, we will charge you only for the drilling time.
Q. Is borehole water safe to drink?
A. Usually; however, it can contain dissolved minerals or contamination. We will have the water tested by an accredited laboratory that will indicate the content of the water.
Q. What happens if the water has excessive mineral content or contamination?
A. We will subsequently provide and install a filtration unit to make the water drinkable and ready for you to enjoy.
A. Each borehole is different and therefore we cannot provide a set price for a borehole. We have prepared an estimated breakdown of the cost of borehole. Quotes vary depending on the use of the borehole (drinking water/irrigation etc) and the type of ground to be drilled through.
Q. Access to our land/garden is restricted. Is this a problem?
A. Probably not, we can breakdown the drilling rig to pass through a standard doorway if required; this can be discussed during a site visit.
Q. What does it look like when its finished?
A. The Borehole is covered by a custom designed cover, much like a drainage cover.
Q. Are you insured?
EMPLOYERS LIABILITY: £10 000 000
PUBLIC/PRODUCTS LIABILITY: £5 000 000
If you have any other questions and would like an answer to these before a site visit, we would be happy to hear from you.