Does borehole water run out?

There’s a constant mistake made by humans in general; we grow so much so that we grow beyond our own reach, hence forgetting what life is really all about. The simplest things, the things that set the foundation for the complex goals we have today. Those are the things that are to be mostly considered and those are the things that are for the most part; the truly important premises of life.

 

Such simplicity applies to question for this article “ DOES BOREHOLE WATER RUN OUT? “, Make no mistake folks, it’s a simple query but it’s one that holds important answers.

Well, does borehole water run out?; Yes but quite unlikely, even almost impossible, the stars would have to align for that to happen as it’s an anomaly in the world of plumbing. But it does and can happen. How? And why?…let’s look into it.

 

 

HOW DOES BOREHOLE WATER RUN OUT?

Personally, the concept of the whole borehole water pumping system truly fascinates, the measures of understanding how the system works leaves you to imagine how much the scope of the Earth truly is; sometimes we might be too engulfed in our own little spaces, We forget about exists beyond the horizon.

You see, a borehole is a mechanism that works like a needle, it’s inserted into the depths of the Earth to inject itself into a certain area referred to in lame language as an “underground water body”, a water table or; An aquifer.

The aquifer exists in various forms;

  • Confined aquifer
  • Unconfined aquifer
  • Perched aquifer and to some, even more.

The aquifer holds water in various forms, as pure as can be; that’s where our borehole takes water from, now the aquifer’s water is not infinite, not per say; it’s sourced from the surrounding water bodies, like rivers, oceans etc. And mostly from perspiration (rainfall) and discharged water; especially within areas far away from major water bodies.

Discharged water?, Yes, waste water! the soil or ground you step on acts a filtration profile for drained waters, No matter how much water you use, it mostly always goes back to the or another aquifer. Hence, the ground sieves, filtrates and purifies the water before it gets back to the aquifer (it’s not usually that direct though), looking now with a wider glance, the Earth is a infintely large recycling unit.

Finally, to answer the question, imagine a scenario where rainfalls seize for a long enough period that’s it becomes a drought, now add the factors of not having a deep enough borehole for when aquifer’s water depletes overtime plus the sun taking it’s fair share of discharged water. At a certain point, the borehole water will run out.

 

SIGNS THAT MY BOREHOLE WATER IS ABOUT TO RUN OUT

  • Water will look murky or muddy
  • Change of taste in drinking water
  • Sputtering spigots

 

 

OTHER CAUSES OF DECREASED WATER RATE OR DRIED UP WELL

It’s best to analyze other possible causes of any ailment ranging from the least detrimental to the most detrimental, hence here is a list of other possible causes of dried up wells or decreased water rate;

 

Pump’s inlet could be blocked;

The coagulation of sediments or alien materials could clog up the pumping channels, it could occur to be soil sediments or materials as those tend to be the most common culprits if such is the cause of the decreased water rate. Be sure to analyze the soil material when pumped out, it could help you find a lasting solution or maybe you’ve struck gold…. That’s a joke by the way.

 

Leakage could have occurred;

Weak links are a common thing in plumbing, it’s to no fault of the plumber sometimes, it might also be due to the material used, such weak links placed under constant pressure will crack with time, So this might one you might want to check out too before concluding.

 

Faulty submersible pump (if you use those);

 Submersible pumps are used for another form of water pumping where the water is extracted by placing the pump (Submersible) in a deep well. The well is connected to the aquifer while the pump takes from the well, although the aquifer must be high or “close” enough for the well to easily tap into. Faulty submersible pumps in such cases are also common occurrences.

 

 

HOW DO I THEN FIX BOREHOLE WITH NO WATER, DECREASED WATER RATE OR A DRY WELL

 

Hydro-fracking;

This is a process that involves utilizing highly pressured fluids by injecting them into the depths of the well to ensure surrounding rocks and soil sediments are forced open or widened; to allow the better flow of fluids.

 

Fixing leakages in borehole;

As mentioned earlier, problems faced could be caused by leakages in boreholes; ensuring those are fixed could end up solving whatever problem there is.

 

Water pump placement;

Oddly enough, the placement of your water pump could prove to be the reason there is a decreased water rate or a lesser yield than the norm, the alignment ( i.e. the angle at which the supply line/ pipes connects to the pump on it’s inlet or outlet) could have been tampered with or wrongly structured.

Ensure to cross check it’s placement, if you suspect it be the cause of the unfortunate ordeal, kindly reach out to a professional for realignment.

 

Fix Submersible pump;

As mentioned earlier, submersible pumps are usual culprits in such matters, have them checked by a professionals, usually a clogged up submersible will show you similar signs as to what a depleted aquifer would.

 

Borehole deepening / Water well deepening;

When it’s confirmed that source of your low yield is the depletion of the aquifer, the best bet on getting more water is creating a new borehole or deepening the existing one; it’s advised that on an average, due to the tendencies of these days and climate, the depths of borehole should go for at least 30 metres deep.

To act as a precautionary action towards the possibility of droughts; having too many boreholes in one location is not advised, as it may caused geotechnical complications.

 

REFERENCES

https://bwa.co.za/the-borehole-water-journal/2017/3/14/is-my-borehole-running-dry

https://www.bolasystems.com/help-advice/what-to-do-if-your-well-or-borehole-dries-up

https://saboreholes.co.za/do-boreholes-run-out-of-water/