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Everything you need to know about drilling a borehole at home

With the threat of Day zero still looming in parts of South Africa, the question of getting a borehole in your backyard is still on the mind of many concerned citizen wanting to secure their water supply. Whether this is for drinking water, filling up swimming pools or garden irrigation, some questions need to be […]

Posted on 29 Jul 2022 under Knowledge Hub, Technical Papers.

South African Groundwater legislation and requirement paperwork

The National Water act: Why the motivation for a Water Use License is so important

Written by Jodi Smook Understanding the National Water Act: Section 27 In this article, we are going to explain the process of getting a Water Use Licence (WULA) in accordance with the National Water Act and why section 27 (motivation) is important. Once a borehole has been sited and drilled, yield and quality testing been […]

Posted on 29 Jun 2022 under Knowledge Hub, Technical Documents.

Collecting water samples with the GEOSS team

Understanding groundwater in South Africa

Groundwater, aquifers and boreholes This article first appeared in Fresh Quarterly. The Water and irrigation issue 16: 2020 – 03. Written by Anna Mouton What do half the people and half the crops on earth have in common? Their survival depends on groundwater.     Only about 2.5% of all water on earth is fresh. […]

Posted on 1 Jun 2022 under Knowledge Hub, Published Papers.


The importance of borehole construction and well efficiency

My research on borehole drilling, good borehole construction and well efficiency By Corné Engelbrecht After attending the 2020 workshop “Groundwater: Setting the standards – Borehole Drilling; Pumping Tests and Monitoring”, hosted by The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) South Africa held November 2020 – I started my own research on borehole well efficiency and clogging. […]

Posted on 15 May 2022 under Conferences, Knowledge Hub.


A recap of the International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge

By Kes Murray Attending the 11th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR 11) in California, USA, 2022: A Hydro geologists perspective  In April 2022, I had the pleasure of making the trip over to the United States of America to attend and present at ISMAR 11 in Long Beach, California. The International Symposium on […]

Posted on 15 May 2022 under Conferences, Knowledge Hub.

Merweville - a town in the Karoo

Merweville: a drought-stricken Karoo Town – that turned its water supply battles around

Written by: Julian Conrad A question many people ask is where do small towns get their water supply from? Today we will answer that question through the case study of one of our latest projects, a town that battled drought for many years. Merweville is a special and charming little town (see Figure 1) located […]

Posted on 3 Mar 2022 under Knowledge Hub, Technical Papers.

Plume of contaminated water caused by PG&E

Contaminated groundwater: Real-life horror stories

Written by Christel van Staden Previously I have written about groundwater impact assessments contaminated land and discussed how humans have created contamination that occurs in the past, present and future. Read the article here: Movies that depict famous groundwater contamination cases In this article, we will delve a bit deeper into water contamination that […]

Posted on 22 Feb 2022 under Knowledge Hub.


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