What exactly is a Waterwell Borehole?
In one sentence, a water well borehole is your own private water supply, obtained from your land.
We drill to a depth below the ground water level, as much as 200m. Once the borehole is done, we protect it by inserting a well casing - this stops the walls of the borehole from collapsing. Next we install a pump which is used to bring your water to ground level, and we install a cover to protect your new water supply from pollution. We can, if you require, then install a water storage system, and, if necessary, install a water treatment system to enable the water to be used for drinking, as well as for irrigation and other purposes.
However, some areas do not have easy access to ground water, which means not everyone can have a borehole for their own private water supply. Smith and Webb, though, with more than 40 years experience of drilling in the UK, would be happy to assess your particular location and give you free advice , and a no obligation estimate. We cover most areas of the UK.
Do I need a licence?
If you think you will be using less than 20,000 litres of water per day, then a licence will not be required for your water well borehole. To give you an idea of how much water that is, the average household water use for washing and drinking in the UK is about 150 litres per person per day. Using more than 20,000 litres per day would require a licence from the Environmental Agency. If you think your usage will exceed this volume, then Smith and Webb are experts in dealing with the EA, and will happily assist with obtaining your licence.
Upon completion of your borehole water well, we will notify the British Geological Survey of the work we have carried out, and they will update their records accordingly.