Tell me more about the borehole versus drains.
- You have a small holding with a borehole.
- The borehole is a 100 meter deep.
- You use the borehole water for all the uses on the property.
- You have installed the borehole system about ten years ago and experience no problems with it.
- The water taste good much better than the tap water of the municipality.
What is the distance between the drain or pit toilet and the borehole?
- I forgot to mention the animal den where you keep them at night.
- Did you know that if your borehole is a 100 meters deep and the sheep den is also a 100 meters from the borehole.
- Then you can bet that the urine of the sheep would be present in the borehole water.
- It depends if the water flow towards the borehole from the sheep’s den.
- Yes the urine flow downwards and when the groundwater comes in contact with it the borehole water will then be contaminated.
- I have taken a borehole water sample from a borehole in the Kameeldrift area.
- I looked under the microscope there on the premises.
- I thought that the water would be clean for the owners informed me that the nearest drain was about 950 meters from the borehole.
- I found some live roundworms in the borehole water.
- That was strange.
- I ask the owners if there was any other drain like a pit toilet near the borehole.
- They informed me that the neighbour’s employees have a pit toilet about 600 meters from the borehole.
- That explains it all why the roundworms were present in the borehole water.
How does the ground water flow?
- The ground water and that includes the borehole water flow underground.
- The way it flows is in pipes that look just like a pipe made from ground.
- This natural pipe flow in any direction, up and down and to the sides.
- That is why you can never say or predict from where the borehole water flow.
- The borehole water that flow through your borehole could easily flow past a cemetery or a sewerage plant.
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