Demystifying Drilling Permits in Zimbabwe: Authority to Drill vs. Abstraction Permit (SI 54 of 2020)

Many Zimbabweans dream of having a reliable water source on their property, and borehole drilling is a popular solution. However, navigating the legal requirements can be confusing. Nakiso Borehole Drilling clarifies the difference between an Authority to Drill and a Groundwater Abstraction Permit, as outlined in Statutory Instrument 54 of 2020 (SI 54 of 2020).


Understanding the Authority to Drill

Before any drilling commences, you must obtain an Authority to Drill from your local Catchment Council. This permit verifies that drilling in your location is appropriate and won't negatively impact the surrounding environment. Obtaining an Authority to Drill involves:

  • Consulting with the Catchment Council: They'll advise on any restrictions or guidelines in your area, as outlined in SI 54 of 2020.
  • Application Process: The Council will provide the necessary application forms outlined in the Statutory Instrument.
  • Site Inspection: A Council representative may visit your property to assess suitability.

The Abstraction Permit: Unlocking Your Water Source

The Authority to Drill grants permission to drill, but it doesn't authorize water extraction. For that, you'll need a Groundwater Abstraction Permit. This permit regulates the amount of water you can withdraw daily or yearly. Here's how to secure an Abstraction Permit:

  • Application Submission: After successful borehole drilling, apply for the permit through the Catchment Council.
  • Hydrogeological Assessment: The Council may require a professional assessment of your borehole's yield and potential impact on the local water table, following best practices for responsible water management.

Nakiso Borehole Drilling: Your Partner in Responsible Water Access

At Nakiso Borehole Drilling, we understand the importance of adhering to SI 54 of 2020 and responsible water management. We can assist you throughout the entire process, from initial consultations to securing both the Authority to Drill and the Abstraction Permit.

Contact Nakiso Borehole Drilling today and let our experts guide you towards a sustainable water solution for your property, ensuring compliance with regulations and access to your water source.




Nakiso Borehole Drilling: Your Trusted Partner for Safe, Sustainable Water Access

At Nakiso Borehole Drilling, we are your comprehensive partner for unlocking reliable water on your property. Our highly skilled team tackles all drilling projects, from standard boreholes to specialized Blast Hole and RC Drilling. We handle everything in-house for a seamless experience, encompassing expert borehole siting, efficient drilling, and pump installation – solar, electric, or manual – tailored to your specific needs. With Nakiso, your reliable water source is just a drill away.

We don't just strive to be the best; we maintain the industry's strictest quality standards and are committed to sustainable practices for the future of Zimbabwe's water security.

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Five Facts About Borehole Drilling That You Need To Take Note Of:
1. Know Your Borehole Casings:The Preferred Borehole Casing In Zimbabwe Is Class 9 and 10 (Pressure Classes.)This is because Class 9 and Class 10 Casings are more collapse resistant. The strength of a Casing is often described as collapse resistance.

2. Borehole Drilling Depth: The exact depth, of where the water is located, cannot be established by the drilling contractor nor the Water Surveyor (Borehole Siter).

3. The Is No 100% Guarantee On Water: It is important to note that it is never a 100% guarantee that any hole will yield water, the amount and water quality can also not be guaranteed by the drilling contractor and water surveyor.

4. Borehole Siting or Water Surveying Is Important: Making use of a hydrologist or traditional water diviner will increase your chances of having a successful borehole that will yield a sufficient amount of water.

5. Know The Risks: The risk of the borehole drilling lies with the property owner. The client will still be liable for the drilling costs irrespective of a borehole yielding water or not.

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The Reliable Choice for Borehole Drilling in Zimbabwe

Frustrated with unreliable water access? Look no further than Nakiso Borehole Drilling! Our team of water well experts boasts extensive experience and knowledge, tackling any type of borehole installation you may require.

Worried about the technicalities? Relax – Nakiso Borehole Drilling streamlines the entire process, from the initial step of meticulously selecting the optimal borehole location on your property to the final pump installation. And when it comes to pumps, we offer a variety of options to suit your needs and preferences. Choose from solar-powered pumps, a sustainable and eco-friendly solution, or opt for the convenience of electrical pumps. For those seeking a more traditional approach, manual bush pumps are also available.

With Nakiso Borehole Drilling, you benefit from a comprehensive water solution – all delivered by a single, trusted provider. Let us help you unlock a reliable and long-lasting source of water for your home or business.

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