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How safe is it to drink borehole water in South Africa?


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A very important question when deciding on drilling a borehole on your domestic, commercial or industrial property is if it would be safe for any and all uses you may have.

In recent years, the need for water in South Africa has increased beyond freshwater surface water; enter the increased need for borehole water. With water shortages, droughts and furthermore an increase in the population – we have now realised the need for water and also alternative water supplies to feed the high demand for water. We would expect things to improve, however developing a sense of control over your own water supply can only be a positive. The only problem is that the rainfall doesn’t always result in a significant increase in freshwater dam levels.

The safety of all of our customers is paramount to us at Rand Water Boring, and that’s why we have decided on supplying below some information on the process, facts and options to understand when evaluating the safety of the borehole water on your property.

The Good


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Groundwater coming from non-polluted locations is safe for domestic usage - to consume, prepare food, do laundry, take a bath and water your garden. But how can we be sure that the chemical, microbes and physical properties of the water are suitable for everyday usage? All spring and the majority of bottled water come from the ground, even though both spring and bottled water resources pump water from boreholes. 64% of South Africans live on groundwater. If you intend to drink from this water source, it is always advisable to have it evaluated at a water lab to make 100% satisfied that it is fit for ingestion. That is to make sure that the water you consume would cause no threat to your health.

The Bad


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Human activities can result in groundwater contamination. Risky materials from dumps and landfills, septic tanks, rural practices, uncontrolled surface spillage and corrosive downpour can seep and migrate deep into the dirt and enter groundwater springs. On the off chance that the springs are penetrable, the harming mixes can travel deep into the soil, contaminating the groundwater in the process. It is essential to consider every single imaginable reason for contamination when choosing the best spot to penetrate a borehole. This ensures the best possible choice for you and your family.

Assessing the quality of borehole water


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Nearly all water needs some treatment before usage, occasionally even water from deep wells or springs. The degree of treatment is determined by the quality of the water. A basic SANS-241 test will verify if the water is drinkable or not.

When testing the water quality of a borehole let the water run for 10 minutes allowing stagnant water to be eliminated. Keep the sample cool and clear of direct sunlight and refrigerate if you can. Deliver to the laboratory right away. Request a thorough Drinking Water Analysis with Microbiological. This will indicate what treatment is required (if any). That said we have various filtration and reverse osmosis systems to choose from.

Is a water filtration system necessary?


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With the decreasing infrastructure in our water treatment plants, clean drinking water is starting to become extremely challenging to guarantee. A water purification system for your borehole will provide you with the peace of mind you need for you and your loved ones. Filtration systems sterilise and remove pollutants from your water source. They tackle issues including corrosiveness, hardness, chemical toxins and natural contaminants.

Making your borehole water safe and clean pays for filtration in comparison to municipal supply in a short period, and offers guaranteed water supply. In case the water source contains dangerous bacteria like E.coli, these can be removed by Ultra Violet treatment or chlorine dosing.

f you would like to connect the water to the house it’s advisable to use a filtration system. If the water is only being used for irrigation purposes it’s probably not required. If you want to be on the safe side please have your water tested.

 

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