Drilling for water is not to be taken lightly and as with all projects requires some initial analysis of the ground before mobilising an expensive drilling rig onto site and drilling for water and with this in mind we would recommend that all projects unless in a known aquifer area should have a water borehole prognosis.
Not only does the water borehole prognosis indicate the presence of water but it will outline the ground conditions to be drilled and the type of borehole liner that may be required to ensure the continued operation of the borehole and allow your drilling contractor to cost the installation effectively so that there are no hidden surprises on costs to the user, ie. a fixed cost for the work.
All water boreholes for commercial projects require an initial water borehole prognosis to indicate if the presence of ground water is available along with the anticipated depths.
A water borehole prognosis for domestic use in not necessarily required however it is highly recommended as it will show the ground strata to be drilled and the depth the water well has to be drilled to, thus allowing a fixed price to be agreed for the drilling works.
Domestic clients and private properties for use under the Water Act 2003 can extract up to 20,000 litres of water each day free of charge and do not require drilling consents.
Commercial clients who intend to extract more than 20,000 litres per day will also require an initial water borehole survey plus a Section 32 Consent will be required from the local Environment Agency to drill and test pump the borehole.
On completion an abstraction license will be required to pump from the borehole.
Working with leading water hydrologists, we can undertake on your behalf the water borehole prognosis for your borehole which can take up to 10 days. On receipt of the water borehole prognosis we can then quote for the installation of your water well, ancillary equipment and any pumping tests required.