By Jani Grey
South Africa has been plagued by drought for years, and 2019 saw us struck particularly hard. Cape Town had their Day Zero restrictions, thousands of farmers lost livestock and crops, and the effects on our economy were devastating. So how do we counter this? How do we ensure that we don’t fall victim to the drier times that no doubt lay ahead? We become ‘water-smart’.
South Africa as a water-scarce county
What does this mean? It means that SA does not have a sufficient amount of water to meet the demands and needs of the country. A term that has become more prominent lately is ‘water stress’ and refers to the difficulty in finding fresh water sources during a certain time period. The inability to do so puts stress on current sources, further depleting and deteriorating them.
Out of 193 countries, South Africa ranks as the 29th driest country in the world. Should we not all do our part in being smart about our usage?
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How you can help relieve the pressure on our water resources
There are plenty of things you can do to reduce wastage to help lessen the pressure on the system:
- Scale back on watering your lawn and invest in water-wise plants. If you must water the garden, do it early in the mornings or late afternoons.
- Pack your dishwasher as full as possible before switching it on.
- Switch out your bath for a shower.
- Collect rainwater or grey water for use around the house and garden.
- Fix dripping taps!
Today we want to look at one specific way to relieve the burden on local supplies. Boreholes. They offer many benefits for both businesses and homeowners.
The benefits of a borehole
Borehole water is good for you!
Water taken from a borehole is free from all the chemicals and micro-organisms found in tap water. It’s rich in minerals, pure, natural, and clean because it mainly consists of filtered rainwater.
A self-sufficient water source
If you want to do your part for the environment, using natural resources is a good way to go about it. The water found underground is considered ‘inactive’ and is an independent source from what we receive via our taps. Not only is using a borehole environmentally responsible, but it will also stand you in good stead when there are water shortages or restrictions in your area.
It saves you money in the long run
Looking for a good way to cut on your water and lights each month? Aside from getting solar panels for electricity, installing a borehole on your property is the way to go. As a bonus, it’s also a great way to increase your property’s value.
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Great for farms
More than anybody, farmers need a constant supply of fresh water for things like irrigation, livestock, and other farm-related activities. Having to pay a hefty municipal account is an unnecessary expense when you can have access to your own supply of fresh water.
You can make money from it!
Image the income possibilities of owning a business that offers this kind of service. With more and more people looking into acquiring boreholes of their own, you will have the unique opportunity to be a part of an industry with plenty of room to grow.
Better yet… What if you could buy an already established business that has a stellar reputation?
A water-focused business for sale
If you’re an entrepreneur looking to invest in a business that will allow you to make a difference in the environment and your life, you’re reading this at the right time. Ground Water Practitioners has recently gone up for sale and is looking for a buyer who will take this already successful business to new heights.
GWP is committed to making water an environmentally safe and sustainable reality, and in today’s challenging climate, they provide much-needed services.
These services include:
- General borehole services – drilling of boreholes is outsourced
- Bulk water supply
- Waste water treatment
- Coal bed methane (CBM)
- Borehole water yield testing
- Fishing for lost equipment
- Development and well stimulation
- Pump design, supply, and installation
- Permeability testing
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If you want to find out more about Ground Water Practitioners and how you can benefit from owning this business, read all about the business here > Ground Water Practitioners
Alternatively, get in touch with Roy at 083 777 444 7 today or visit the Ground Water Practitioners’ website for more information.