De­mand for bore­holes flood­ing in

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COMPANIES in Cape Town are strug­gling to keep up with de­mand for bore­hole in­stal­la­tions and well points.

Some said de­mand was so high they can­not help ev­ery­one and are putting cus­tomers on wait­ing lists.

This comes as the Western Cape is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its worst drought in 100 years. The City of Cape Town has im­ple­mented Level 5 wa­ter re­stric­tions in­clud­ing wa­ter ra­tions and wa­ter pres­sure re­duc­tions.

Charl de Wet from CA Well­points

and Bore­holes said they were strug­gling to keep up with de­mand for in­stalling bore­holes and well points.

“The de­mand is so high that we can­not help ev­ery­one. And it will peak even fur­ther next month dur­ing sum­mer,” he said.

“We’re al­ready telling peo­ple now that we will only be able to help them next year. Due to the drought, peo­ple are look­ing for wa­ter al­ter­na­tives.

“Cus­tomers are telling me that grey wa­ter is not work­ing and they rather want a bore­hole. They’re us­ing the bore­hole wa­ter for their gar­dens and for top­ping-up their swim­ming pools. Some are even drink­ing the bore­hole wa­ter af­ter pu­ri­fy­ing it. Now that we have Level 5 wa­ter re­stric­tions, de­mand for bore­holes and well points has in­creased even more,” he said.

De Wet said Cape Town has a lot of un­der­ground wa­ter. But he also warned peo­ple against un­scrupu­lous bore­hole and well point companies.

“They do not know how to drill bore­holes and a lot of peo­ple have lost money in the process. One per­son called me about a 100 me­tre bore­hole on his prop­erty which is pump­ing salt wa­ter. They can­not use this wa­ter un­less they get a de­sali­na­tion sys­tem, which is very ex­pen­sive,” he ex­plained.

Another com­pany, De Wets Well­points and Bore­holes, also said they’d seen an in­crease in re­quests for the in­stal­la­tion of bore­holes and well­points. The com­pany’s Gabby de Wet said de­mand was far higher than the ser­vice providers in the in­dus­try were able to cope with.

“The high vol­ume of re­quests for bore­holes has in­creased over the past 18 months. It’s be­com­ing more as the days are get­ting hot­ter and the prospect of rain fades. The un­cer­tainty of wa­ter sup­ply al­ter­na­tives via de­sali­na­tion plants, etcetera, fur­ther forces res­i­dents to go for ground­wa­ter in­stal­la­tions,” she said.

Si­mone Smith from Ex­so­lar said their com­pany had put peo­ple on to wait­ing lists.

“We most def­i­nitely re­ceived a sub­stan­tial in­crease in en­quiries in the past year and es­pe­cially since the in­tro­duc­tion of Level 3 wa­ter re­stric­tions,” she said. “We’re work­ing on a wait­ing list sys­tem.”

CUS­TOMERS ARE TELLING ME THAT GREY WA­TER IS NOT WORK­ING FOR THEM

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