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Water Boreholes

Private Water Supply / Water Borehole

Access to drinking water is essential for survival. Charging the public for drinking water was a largely victorian invention. The right of water companies to make very substantial profits for providing water, sometimes not too efficiently, sometimes not at all (hosepipe bans), is a recent innovation.

In the 21st century, an important degree of personal freedom remains. Almost everyone who owns land in the UK is entitled to extract water from a borehole or well for their own use, without any license or permission being required (within generous, quantified, limits). We will help you do this.

Garden irrigation water, drawn from the mains supply, represents wastage of the energy and your money used for refining it, filtering it, pumping it, addition of chlorine, fluorides to it, and the leakage losses in distribution.

Why not have your own private water supply? pure, almost free, water.

Our water boreholes are practically invisible and can be placed close to buildings and covered with turf, gravel, paving etc. 

Synergy Boreholes and Systems Ltd. provide waterwells and water borehole systems throughout the South of England.We adhere to the 1993 Water Actand The Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009

We drill water boreholes to feed your animals/stock, irrigate your garden, or golf course, fill your pool, pond. Or just to give you pure drinking water.

See a typical sequence of events for a waterwell borehole project.

We use only high quality borehole equipment, e.g. Grundfos pumps.

To give you a quote for your private water supply project, we need to know:

  • Geological Survey results
  • Intended use of borehole water (irrigation/domestic)
  • Access limitations our smallest (MC 405) requires 1.6 m minimum width access.
  • Other equipment you require, storage,UV / Filtration, outlets, irrigation etc.

Four easy steps to your Water Borehole

  1. Get a survey (We need this to tell us how deep down the groundwater is. This will determine your borehole depth and therefore cost). The waiting time is 3-4 weeks. Or, let us take care of this for you.(Contact us). 

  2. Once we have the survey, we can give you a borehole quote within 48 hours. The quote can encompass as much or as little as you wish, i.e. from just the borehole with one tap outlet, to a complete private water supply system with storage tank, UV/filtration units. Obtain other competitive quotes! Compare what is offered.

  3. We can visit you to discuss your water borehole project and survey the site. We will agree a fixed price.

  4. We drill and equip your water borehole on dates agreed. (On average this will take about a week or ten days.)

Our °UKAS accredited laboratory will test the water from your borehole.

We then provide the storage tanks, filtration, UV, RO units, to give you good, clean, unchlorinated, (and cheap!), drinking water.

* United Kingdom Accreditation Service

See the items on UV / filtration below for further information.


For a water borehole quote, or advice, please call 01 491 828 208, or Launch enquiry

What Our Clients Say

"On behalf of the Becontree & District Angling Society I would like to thank you and your company for the very professional and gentlemanly manner that you carried out what turned out to be a very trying project. The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham's borough Surveyor and the Head of Parks &Leisure past the project with flying colours. Everything is up and running. I and the Society are very grateful to you and your team for persevering with the project under very testing circumstances. If any other angling societies ever need the services of a borehole drilling specialist we will always recommend Synergy Boreholes of Wallingford."

Greg Bell on behalf of Becontree & District Angling Society.

The Water Act of 2003

The Water Act of 2003 (see below) states that domestic users may daily extract up to 20 cubic meters, 20 000 litres, 4400 gallons of ground water, without any permission being required. No charge. No fee.

A well utilized... Read more

The Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009

The new water regulations which came into force at the beginning of 2010 are designed to ensure that consumers of water from private supplies, e.g. springs, rivers, wells, boreholes are given adequate protection against all possible... Read more

Groundwater Care

Our groundwater is an abundant, precious reserve. We, and you, must do everything in our power to use it sparingly and carefully, whilst at the same time protecting its long term purity for the benefit of... Read more

Water Borehole Location

It is easier to first of all say where not to site a water borehole.

Do not site a water borehole close to a source of effluent, e.g a cesspit, open drain, farmyard runoff.

Beware of putting a borehole close to land which is, or... Read more

Water Borehole Design

A typical waterwell borehole will operate as shown below. Water borehole depths in the UK mostly range between 20m and 200m

    1. Discharge Pipe From Wellhead
    2. Concrete... Read more

Hydrogeological Survey

Before committing to cost, ie. engaging a driller to come to your site to drill for water, it is highly advisable to obtain a water borehole (hydrogeological) survey to determine the following,

  1. The presence of water at your... Read more

How much will it cost?

One of the questions most frequently asked of us is. How much will a private water supply / water borehole cost?

To answer this question, we will have to know more about your intended project and your site.

Borehole Pumps

At the heart of every one of our water borehole installations is the Grundfos borehole pump. Synergy uses Grundfos SQ and SQE pumps almost exclusively for our waterwell boreholes because they are simply the best. Should cost be an overriding... Read more

What Synergy Does

This will be detailed in the written quote you receive from us, but this will typicall consist of the items listed below unless quoted/agreed otherwise.

  • How long before commencement?: about 3 - 6... Read more

Water Borehole Maintenance

These alternatives apply exclusively to equipment supplied by Synergy Boreholes and Systems Ltd.

Alternative 1 :You enter into a maintenance contract with Synergy Boreholes and Systems Ltd. You pay a fixed fee... Read more

Water Storage

In addition to drilling your waterwell borehole, we also install water storage tanks. These can be above, or below ground, large (20-40000 gallons) or small.

Smaller tanks are made from polyethylene. Larger, above ground tanks are... Read more

What is Artesian?

Artesian water is water that naturally comes up out of the ground. This is because it is stored in an underground aquifer which is under pressure. The pressure is created by water entering the aquifer from a higher level e.g. surrounding hills... Read more

UV (Ultra Violet) Treatment

Typical UV disinfection systems involve the flow of water through a vessel containing a UV lamp as shown in Figure 1. As the water passes through this vessel, microorganisms are exposed to intense ultraviolet light energy which causes damage to... Read more

Integrated UV/Filtration Units

The quality of drinking water can change with time and become contaminated with harmful bacteria. The Sterilight Cobaltâ„¢ Integrated Home System is a reliable, economical and chemical-free way to safeguard drinking water in any residential... Read more

RO (Reverse Osmosis)

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a filtration method that removes many types of large molecules and ions from solutions by applying pressure to the solution when it is on one side of a selective membrane. The result is that the solute is retained on the... Read more

Iron and Manganese Removal

Synergy Boreholes and Systems Ltd. can install a range of equipment to correct irregularities in the natural water as it comes from the ground. Most borehole installations will not need this extra treatment, but for those unlucky enough to... Read more

Nitrate Removal

Nitrates in borehole water are almost always the result of farming on the land near the borehole.
There are both natural and man-made sources of nitrates in groundwater. The main source of nitrate contamination... Read more

Soak-away Boreholes

Synergy will also drill soakaway boreholes to any depth.

Soakaway boreholes are commonly employed to introduce waste water from roof drainage or sewage processing plants back into the ground in situations where use of the municipal... Read more


Should you wish us to have samples from your water borehole analysed, we use a UKAS accredited laboratory.

UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards,... Read more