Water Well Drilling


Looking for a water well? Look no further, Borehole-Driller can provide you with pure water from your own water well. In the past if you wanted to drill a water well you had to apply to the National Rivers Authority for a Licence. In the last few years they were absorbed into the Environment Agency. In 2003 a change in UK law means that anyone can have a private water well supply, and can pump up to 20,000 litres per day without requiring a licence. There are no restrictions on the use to which the water can be put.

Most importantly, with dry summers becoming more frequent in the South of England, many keen gardeners worry about their beautiful gardens being ruined by a prolonged dry spell. Water from your own water well can be used even when a hose pipe ban is in force, you will never have to worry about water for your plants, trees, ponds or lawns ever again.

The cost of drilling the water well is based on a combination of factors: How deep is the natural underground water level, what are the expected geological ground conditions, ease of access etc. 

The first step is to find out what the geology is beneath your property, together with probably depth to water and expected quality. This service is called a water borehole prognosis which many companies charge for. Borehole-Driller provides this service absolutely free. We use an extensive database of water well records, borehole records and geological maps to ascertain the geology and hydrology beneath your property. Simply send us an email with your location and we will do all the research for you, this information is completely free of charge.


Dry Pond


Filled Pond

The images above show a pond in Woodnesborough, Kent, that was leaking into the prevailing sand geology. We drilled a borehole for the client to fill and then maintain the level of his pond, providing a natural haven for the Wildlife in the area.
If you are lucky enough to be situated above the chalk in Kent, we can offer you very advantageous rates for your well. Contact us and we will do a free report for you on the viability of drilling your own water well.

The drilling rig used predominately is an Edeco Wayfarer 1500 drilling rig, boring diameter is 150mm or 200mm. The process of drilling is not normally messy, and the materials arising are not hazardous. No chemicals or muds are used in the process, and none have to be specially disposed of afterwards. For Manicured Lawns etc we would lay down 8' x 4' plywood sheets to avoid ruining your pride and joy.

Contracts over deep rock bearing layers will require rotary drilling and are considerably more expensive, this service can be provided if we think the geology warrants use of a rotary drilling rig. On the bright side, much of Kent is blessed with ideal ground conditions. Water bearing Gravels or Chalk aquifers are ideal for well drilling.

Frequently asked questions.

So how do I go about getting myself a water well?

Firstly you need to know what the geology and hydrology is beneath your property.Contact us at Borehole-Driller and we will carry out a water borehole prognosis. We search an extensive database of borehole and water well records and consult geological maps to build up a profile of the hydrology and geology beneath your property. We will then be in a position to give you an accurate quote for the drilling of the water well. The prognosis and the quote are totally free of charge and you are under no obligation to use our services.

What can I use the water for?

Water abstracted from your water well can be used for any purpose. If the water is only to be used for irrigation or filling ponds etc it will only require minimal filtration. However, if the water is to be used for drinking water, the water will need to be analysed to determine its quality and then the appropriate filtration equipment can be sourced. Dependant on the geology we can usually give you a good idea of what the quality is probably going to be like and what filtration may be required.

The following pictures were taken in Addington, Kent. The client had a pond which was fed by a stream. Unfortunately for 6 months of the year the stream dried up and so did the pond.

The next picture shows the pond a few days after the water well was installed. The fish now have plenty of water all year round and the client also uses the water to irrigate his garden and extensive vegetable allotment.

Where can I situate the water well on my property?

Generally speaking in Kent it doesn't really matter where the borehole is located. Water Dowsers will pick an exact spot and tell you that is where the sweet water is etc. Personally we take these sort of statements with a pinch of salt. From past experience we can't find any reason to want to use their services, although in other areas of the country where you are trying to find specific fractures containing water, they may well be useful in locating these.

The most important factors are :

Access. Can we get the rig into your property. All drilling rigs are quite large, so if you've only got a postage stamp sized garden then this probably isn't for you. As long as the access to your garden is reasonable we can usually get in. See our page on Restricted Access to see our rigs being lifted into awkward situations.
 Our main criteria is to locate the borehole near to an electricity supply, which will be needed to power the water well borehole pump. And to be near any water infrastructure on the property that you want to connect to.

The following picture shows one of our drilling rigs being lifted over a walled garden by a lorry Hiab.

What will the water well look like when it's finished?

There are two options here. If space is at a premium we can house the water well totally underground with a manhole chamber covering the installation. This would probably be a good idea if the water was solely used for irrigation. If filtration is required to bring the water up to a potable standard, we would recommend that the installation is covered by a shed or similar enclosure which would house the filtration equipment and make it easier to maintain. If necessary we can house the water well installation underground and lay a water pipe from the water well to a more suitable location where the filtration equipment could be housed.

 How long does it take to drill the water well?

This depends on the depth of borehole and the geology we are drilling through. Typically a water well takes about a week to complete, but we would give our best estimate of the timescale involved when we produce our quote specific to your property.

 Will drilling the water well make a mess of my garden?

Borehole-Driller prides itself on the fact that we respect the time and effort you have put into garden. We lay down 8 x 4 boards to minimise damage to your lawn etc. We recommend that a skip is hired to dispose of the cuttings from the borehole drilling process. If for access reasons we cannot get a skip near to the location we will wheel barrow the cuttings to a skip. We have many happy clients who will vouch for this and would be more than willing to provide references for you to confirm this.

 Will the water well dry up in the summer?

Every effort is made to make sure that you have a sustainable supply for the future. We drill a minimum of 20 metres into the water table (where geological conditions allow), this allows for seasonal fluctuations of the level of the water table. The water well is also pump tested and water levels monitored at a rate of 70 litres per minute to ascertain the yield of the borehole.

 How much does a water well borehole pump cost?

This is dependant on a number of factors: Depth of borehole, depth of water, length of cable required and the amount of water needed to be delivered. We use ZDS water well borehole pumps, these are high quality pumps that benefit from a 2 year no quibble guarantee. We offer advantageous prices to clients who have a water well drilled by us. If you would prefer us to install a borehole pump provided by yourself, we do not have a problem installing it for you.

The final cost of the pump will take into account all of the above factors and will be sized to provide the perfect pump for your specific application.

Borehole-Driller was recently featured on the BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-18528233 The filming shows three of Borehole-Driller's clients water well installations.

The first was for a client who had practically no water pressure from the water companies and was faced with a shared bill of £40,000 to have a new pipe laid by the water company. They are now self sufficient and have a reliable source of top quality water from their own water well.

The second was carried out for Vossbrook.co.uk who were supplying water to Ashford Golf Club to reduce their water bill.

The third was for a client who had a large beautiful garden complete with croquet lawn. With their own water well they are now able to guarantee that their garden always looks pristine even in times of prolonged hot weather and even drought. Since the water well has been installed the client has installed an irrigation system to take the hard work out of watering the garden.

At the end of the feature the BBC stated that water from water companies is better, and that boreholes may dry out. Borehole-Driller disagrees with this statement and would like to clarify the situation. When we drill a borehole into the chalk aquifer we are taking the same water as the water companies by the same means, the only difference is the size of the system. We however do not have to pump our water through a decaying infrastructure and therefore do not have to add fluorine and other chemicals to compensate for this. Water from the chalk aquifer is pure and requires little filtration. All of our boreholes are drilled at least 20 metres into the chalk aquifer to allow for seasonal fluctuations in water levels. All of our boreholes are tested to make sure that there is sufficient water for their purpose.

If you would like to see an installed system, let us know and we will arrange a viewing.

Water Guarantee
We will employ our equipment, skill and experience to make the water well borehole a success, but we cannot be held responsible for finding water which does not exist. We undertake to do the work contained in our quotation, for which we must be paid whether water of adequate quantity or quality has been discovered or not.

We will only attempt to drill a borehole with at least a 95% chance of success.