Taking care of your investments is an important step in protecting yourself against future uncertainties. The proper maintenance and care for your borehole is no different. Below are some guidelines on how to ensure your investment works for in the long-run.

Maintaining your borehole

Borehole and pump maintenance is important to adhere to in order to realize the best returns on your investment. Quality constructed private water supply systems require routine maintenance. These simple steps help to protect your system and water source, as well as your investment. Keep any hazardous chemicals, such as paint, solvents, pesticides, fertilizer, and herbicides, etc., well clear from the borehole. Check the well cover and well cap periodically to ensure that it is in good repair, and take care of working or mowing around the well. Damaging the casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection of the well. It is an unfortunate fact that the quality of your groundwater can be impacted over time. The most important type of contaminant to monitor is bacteriological contamination, which occurs from leaking sewers and pit latrines. We recommend that a sample be drawn and analyzed for bacteriological indicators at least once a year. Should any repairs be required, the well should be sanitized after the repairs are completed. Re-test the water sanitary level to ensure that the problem has been corrected.

Problems that can be corrected

A properly constructed head works with a tight-fitting wellhead cap to protect the casing on the surface. A poor head makes it easy for surface water and other undesirables, such as mice and insects, to directly enter into the well or holding tank. Well safety tips to take note of include:

  • Never store or mix chemicals near the wellhead. A simple spill could easily go directly into the well; and
  • Never pour pesticides or other dangerous chemicals down the drain.

Existing Borehole Servicing

When should you Rehabilitate/Clean or Service your existing borehole:

  • When you have had your borehole for over three years
  • If you have moved into a property that has a borehole but you have no details about the borehole
  • When your borehole starts to give problems like decrease flow or pressure e.g. if your tanks are taking longer to fill up, or your sprinkler loses pressure
  • If you have high iron content in your water e.g. you get brown staining on your walls, then you should clean your borehole every 2 years (depending on the severity of the iron)
  • If your pump keeps burning out or having to be replaced too often


We recommend that you seal abandoned wells, as they are a direct route from the surface to the groundwater. Test your well water quality on an annual basis and inspect visible well components for signs of problems. If you would like more information and advice about maintaining your borehole, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with all the information that you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

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