Water Supply Boreholes: An Outline For Development

Making use of groundwater to save your business money can seem like a daunting process. Here is a simple guide outlining the process from feasibility to installation – and how we can help you.

 
1) Firstly, determine how much water you will need to abstract. This needs to be an estimate of daily and hourly demand – as well as the peak (instantaneous) rate required for your process or business. The amount of water required will affect viability, borehole design and other areas such as licensing. (If you abstract more than 20m3/day you will need an Abstraction License from the Environment Agency). If you are unsure how much water you will need, we are more than happy to help with assessment.

 
2) Initial geological assessment; unlike many companies, as part of our initial contact we will provide a short geological assessment to determine viability of water supply – before you have to spend any money! If we think your site is a candidate for further assessment, we will say so. If it is not worth the outlay – we will tell you that as well.

 
3) The next step is a hydrogeological survey to determine the amount water that is likely to be available from a borehole at your location, the quality of water, potential treatments required for the purpose you require, budget costs and design of the borehole. Not all sites within the UK are able to support a private water supply – but we will maximise your chances to obtain one.

 
4) Once our hydrogeological assessment has been completed we will help to make the decision to proceed with construction. We will then assist in agreeing a contract with a suitably qualified and competent driller. We have longstanding relations with trustworthy drilling companies with the right expertise and plant for a particular project. We can also provide specifications and tender documents to obtain competitive quotes.

 
5) Once the borehole has been drilled we provide the work necessary to test your borehole to confirm sustainable flow rate and water quality. Furthermore, if you are to abstract more than 20m3/day we help with the application process to obtain an abstraction license. Carbon Zero Consulting will help you to meet all regulatory requirements for a private water supply.

 
A well-designed and installed private water supply borehole will meet your needs for many years to come. We provide monitoring and maintenance services for some boreholes that have operated for nearly 100 years! You will not only significantly reduce costs but also have greater security of supply compared to mains water.

 
If you have any questions, please call us on: 01572 729510 or email: john@carbonzeroco.com
Carbon Zero Consulting Ltd, www.carbonzeroco.com

UK’s Solar Power Generation

The UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal for the first time. On Saturday 9 April, solar generated 29 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, 4% of the total power used that day and more than the 21GWh output from coal (3% of demand). This pattern was repeated on Sunday, with solar (6%) outpacing coal (3%). In reality, the coal consumption was unusually low – but this does demonstrate some of the major changes and improvements being made to the UK’s power supply.

Busy doing soil surveys!

There has been a bit of a rush on soil thermal conductivity surveys this month. We normally perform 2 or 3 a month, but we’ve done 5 already in July!
Our surveys provide in-situ measurement of soil thermal conductivity at the depth at which a proposed GSHP ground array is to be installed.
We successfully completed domestic scale surveys, a large golf club array near Durham, and another for a new poultry farm in Cheshire.
We are also working with De Montfort University in Leicester on an exciting new piece of research to assess heat storage in soils; we were asked to perform a baseline survey with excavation and measurements down to 2m depth on the 2 hottest days of the year …..a fine welcome to the world of Carbon Zero Consulting for our new recruit, Lawrence Scott!

Boreholes on the BBC News?!

CLbhole-BoreholeBoreholes and groundwater have made the 10 o’clock news! Is that a first? The BGS was on prime time TV explaining how groundwater levels are, in the south, approaching all-time highs.

The seemingly endless run of gales and storms since December has resulted in records being broken for rainfall, river flow – and now groundwater level.

But – wasn’t it only recently that groundwater levels were heading for a record low? It was February 2012 when we were busy drilling emergency abstraction boreholes for fisheries and farmers to save them from drought!

There seems to be little doubt to us at Carbon Zero Consulting that deniers of Climate Change are rapidly running out of arguments to say that its just a bit of bad weather and that ‘its all happened before’

Time to remove your heads from under that pile of sand guys – the impacts of Climate Change are just starting to bite …..