Water boreholes FAQ
Q. Who can have a water borehole?
A. Almost everybody owning a garden, or piece of land can have a water borehole.
Q. Do I need a license or permission for a water borehole?
A. No. The Water Act of 2003 says anyone is allowed to extract up to 20,000 litres of water per day without license or charge. If you wish to extract more than this, you will need to obtain an Abstraction License from the Environment Agency.
Q. Is a water borehole bad for the environment?
A. No. We operate drilling rigs that fully comply with the Environment Agency’s preferred methods of drilling due to their low environmental impact.
Q. Do you guarantee to find water?
A. No. And be very wary of any company that offers you a guarantee! The water table is by its nature, impossible to control and predict.
The BGS (British Geological Survey) does, however, provide a very reliable indication of water location and depth. In the unlikely event that we do not find water on your site, we will charge you only for the mobilisation and drilling time.
Q. Is borehole water safe to drink?
A. Usually yes. However, it can contain dissolved minerals or contamination. We will have the water tested by an accredited laboratory that will indicate the precise content of the water.
Q. What happens if the borehole water has excessive mineral content or contamination?
A. We will provide and install a water treatment unit to ensure the water is perfectly drinkable and ready for you to enjoy.
Q. How much does a water borehole cost?
A. Each borehole is different and therefore we cannot provide a set price for a borehole. We do though provide a breakdown of typical water borehole costs. 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. If needs be we can dismantle our smaller drilling rigs to pass through a standard doorway. This can be determined during a site visit.
Q. What does a water borehole look like when its finished?
A. The water borehole is covered by a custom designed cover, very much like a steel manhole cover. So it’s completely unobtrusive.
Q. Is Geologic Boreholes insured?
A. Yes. Employer’s liability: £10m. Public/products liability: £5m.
If you have any further questions please get in touch. We’ll be glad to her from you.