What Is the Difference Between a Wellpoint and a Borehole?

Home Boreholes What Is the Difference Between a Wellpoint and a Borehole?

Ah, the age old question that we have been asked about for 32 years now – what is the difference between a wellpoint and a borehole? And which option is best for me?

Look no further, we have the answers you need, right here:

What is a Wellpoint?

Simply put, a wellpoint is determined by ground structure. We do look at various other factors (like water table), but it mostly comes down to this.

Typically reaching a depth of no more than 15 metres and suited to irrigate small to medium sized gardens with the water source from very shallow aquifers.

A wellpoint is a polyethylene pipe with a filtered suction end that is installed into a porous soil structure. The water is distributed by means of a surface-mounted centrifugal pump.

Wellpoints are generally more affordable and easier to install when compared to boreholes – this mostly comes down to the fact that they are much shallower than boreholes.

Benefits of Installing a Wellpoint:

  • You could save potable water
  • More cost effective
  • Quicker to install
  • Adds value to a property
  • Less harmful on the environment
  • Portable equipment
  • If the proper testing has been conducted, and effective filters are installed, then the water may be safe for human consumption in the home. Please consult a water engineer / filtration specialist before attempting to drink this water.

What is a Borehole?

While a borehole is also determined by your ground structure, they are generally needed when ground structure does not allow for the installation of a wellpoint or when the water is below the reach of a surface mounted pump.

A borehole is a shaft that is drilled to depths of 20 metres or more. It has a large diameter casing, allowing for the installation of a submersible pump that is used to distribute the water. This is achieved through a 3 step process, which takes more than a week where a wellpoint can usually be installed within 1 x day.

Benefits of Installing a Borehole:

  • It provides easy access to water at all times, even during droughts
  • Households and communities can become self-reliant.
  • Water can be used for irrigation, crops, livestock and construction
  • Adds value to a property
  • If the proper testing has been conducted, and effective filters are installed, then the water may be safe for human consumption in the home. Please consult a water engineer / filtration specialist before attempting to drink this water.

Borehole or Wellpoint – Which is Better for Me?

As you can see, wellpoints and boreholes both have various benefits – the correct option for your home or business will depend on various factors – such as location, access and budget.

Our advice would be to contact us – our friendly staff will gladly advise which option will be suitable for your requirements.

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