Water boreholes FAQ
What are water boreholes? Can anyone have one? Is the water really free?
The benefits of water boreholes explored in these frequently asked questions.
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. SafeLane can help with this process.
Q: Is a water borehole bad for the environment?
A: No. SafeLane’s drilling rigs fully comply with the Environment Agency’s preferred methods of drilling due to their low environmental impact.
Q: Do you guarantee to find water?
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, you will only be charged for the mobilisation and drilling time.
Q: Is borehole water safe to drink?
A: Usually yes. However, it can contain dissolved minerals or other contamination. Your water will be 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: SafeLane 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: Beyond the above prices that are provided as a rough guide, each borehole is different and therefore there is no set single price for a borehole.
Upon request however, you will be provided with a quote for your requirements which will depend on various factors including 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?
Probably not. If needs be, smaller drilling rigs can be dismantled to pass through a standard doorway. This can be determined during a site visit.
Q: What does a water borehole look like when it’s finished?
A: The water borehole is covered by a custom designed cover, very much like a steel manhole cover. It’s completely unobtrusive.
Q: Have you got a guide to water boreholes I can read for more information?
A: Yes – here’s SafeLane’s complete guide to water boreholes for commercial and domestic properties.
If you have any other questions please give the SafeLane team a call today – and your call will be prioritised.