How much does a borehole cost?

How much does a borehole cost in the UK

Borehole cost will vary according to local geology and the size of hole

Typically, a basic 60 metre borehole (the average depth of a borehole) including the installation of a borehole pump and pressure vessel will cost somewhere in the region of £10,000- £15,000 with an annual running cost of £50-£600 dependent on water usage.

Borehole Hole Size

There are 3 popular hole sizes currently being drilled in gritstone areas (the geology in many parts of West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, East Lancashire, Richmondshire and Northumberland contains high levels of grit-stone). Prices updated in June 2020.

  • 4 inch hole costs in the region of £11,500 including VAT
  • 6 inch hole costs in the region of £12.600 including VAT
  • 8 inch hole costs in the region of £15,000 including VAT

As a general rule, where the borehole is being drilled in a gristone area:

  • an 8 inch hole may require less filtration than will be needed on a 6 or 4 inch hole, especially in areas where there is high iron. However, this cannot be guaranteed. UV and pre-filtration will probably be needed if the water is to be used for drinking and bathing.
  • A 6 inch hole will probably require some form of iron and manganese reduction filtration. UV and pre-filtration will almost certainly be needed if the water is to be used for drinking and bathing.
  • A 4 inch hole, with a 3 inch pump will provide enough water for a single property in most gritstone areas and will probably require an iron and manganese reduction along with a UV and pre-filter.

Quotes should include

The quotation will include costs relating to mobilisation of the rig, labour, ancillary equipment and support vehicles. All boreholes will include the necessary liners, grouting and casings.

Water testing

Following the drilling of the hole, our water test specialist will visit site and carry out a basic water test. This is free of charge. In some cases, the results from the basic test will not provide all of the necessary information, in which case a more detailed test will be required. The results of the tests will dictate what filtration, if any, is needed.

2 thoughts on “How much does a borehole cost?”

  1. Hi there i am interested in looking at a borehole near RG7 2NH (Near Reading). We are on london clay and wondered if it might be suitable or not?

    • Hi
      Thank you for your message. Please accept my apologies for the delay. I’m sorry to say that we don’t cover the Reading area. However, the well drillers association will be able to give you a price and perhaps recommend someone local. Darren Hughes is the vice chair. His mobile number is 07809240623


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