Borehole Drilling Can Help You Save Water
We use water for almost everything in our lives, from washing our faces to watering our gardens. It’s something we take for granted – until it’s gone. South Africa experiences periodic droughts throughout the country, which makes it especially important to save water whenever possible and to use it responsibly. Borehole drilling gives South Africans the opportunity to access an additional water resource on their properties, even during water restrictions. This article provides more information on how you can save water, as well as what you need to know about the legal side of installing a borehole.
How To Save Water (And Why You Should Do It)
Although borehole drilling provides you with an additional source of water, it shouldn’t be treated as an inexhaustible resource. In other words, don’t let any water go to waste. The tips below will help you save water, no matter the source of water you are using.
- Don’t water your plants in the middle of the day. Water your garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid rapid evaporation as a result of the midday heat. Your plants need time to absorb water through their roots, but make sure you don’t overwater them (which could lead to root rot and decay).
- Don’t flush your toilet unnecessarily. If you simply need to discard a tissue or toilet paper, consider putting it in a composting bin (unless it’s heavily contaminated) or sealing it in a decomposable bag and throwing it in the garbage bin. You can also place a brick in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain (literally) with each flush.
- Don’t keep water running when you’re not using it. When you are brushing your teeth, only open the tap to wet the toothbrush in the beginning and to rinse it at the end – you won’t need any water while you’re brushing. Another tip is to turn your shower off while you are washing your hair. Washing your hair under a running shower is a waste of both water and shampoo.
- Don’t ignore leaky pipes and taps. Fix leaks as soon as you notice them, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. As mentioned in the other tips, any water that isn’t used is wasted.
What The Law Says About Borehole Drilling
In South Africa, the National Water Act (36 of 1998) sets out all requirements and restrictions relating to the usage of water resources. It provides guidelines for everything from borehole drilling to estuary drainage. The main thing you need to know about the legal side of borehole drilling in South Africa is that each municipality has its own bylaws. While some municipalities only loosely follow the National Water Act, they may require licences to either drill on a property or to make specific alterations to the property (such as installing drilling equipment or temporarily removing fencing to accommodate machinery).
Before Inyati Group initiates a drilling project, we first ensure that we are fully compliant with all national laws and local bylaws. Leave the legal side to us while you enjoy all the benefits of an additional water source.
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