We started looking at the feasibility of a borehole in early Jan 2017 when it became evident that the possibility of an extended drought period was very real.
Fortunately , records going back to 2003, when studies that were undertaken were available, and two holes that were drilled with little yield, assisted in determining the approximate location of the new site.
Drilling commenced on Monday 29th May 2017. After various stoppages due to breakdowns and the necessity of bringing in a larger drill rig due to complications with the ground formations, we struck water at sixty five metre’s. They carried on drilling until solid formation was reached at ninety metre’s on Monday 10th July with an estimated yield of 12000 l/hr.
Installation of the 3.0 KW submersible pump, electrics and piping commenced on Monday 28th August and completed the following day.
Connecting of the pipeline and electric cable from the borehole to our tanks commenced the same week, and after a few teething problems, we got the whole system up and running within the next few weeks.
The end result was getting 6400 l/hr into our tanks.
A water sample was submitted to Benlab, which came back with a very good analysis. This was sent on to Dr Gavin Cooper, retired from Elsenberg Agri. College who reported that the water was of high quality and suitable for irrigation and after filtration would be potable as well.
The next phase will be to connect the water to the clubhouse, which will enable us to disconnect completely from the Municipal grid.
Clubhouse Water Project
The project commenced in early January with Koos Van Vuuren offering to assist by doing the installation work.
After much deliberation a plan was formulated for the piping from the water tanks to the clubhouse, and the location at the clubhouse of the filters and sterilising unit, and the pump and switchgear at the tank site together with all the related in-line equipment.
Initially, the filtration plant was to be installed on the outside wall next to the gate, which would have entailed the construction of a security cage to safeguard the equipment, but Koos came up with the excellent idea of locating it on the inside of the empty bottle store. In so doing, a few thousand rand was saved.
The installation was completed in mid February and testing of the system commenced. A sample of the now treated water was tested which confirmed it’s potability and confirmed by Dr Gavin Cooper. Various teething problems were sorted out and the water was turned on to the clubhouse on the 12th March.
The configuration of the piping is such that the system can be switched back to the municipal supply within a minute or two if so required,
A huge thank you to Koos who had to spend many hours running around looking for piping and fittings etc. due to the huge demand that the drought situation caused, and for the timeous completion of the installation