Never compromise!

It is sometimes argued that rural water supply boreholes are simple and don’t require much technical input. This is an erroneous view – boreholes which are poorly designed, sited and constructed may have yields that are inadequate, marginal or unsustainable, and short lifetimes. They may also supply water of poor quality for drinking and domestic use. A lot of programme…

Some technical guidelines

Groundwater is frequently chosen as the most suitable source of drinking water, supplies of which are brought to the surface by rehabilitating existing boreholes or drilling new ones. However, constructing, or repairing, boreholes requires specialized knowledge and technical expertise, much of the specialized knowledge and technical expertise needed for this purpose can be gained from the standard literature. However, field…

The stages of the EIA process

Screening The EIA process begins from the very start of a project. Once a developer has identified a need and assessed all the possible alternatives of project design and sites to select a preferred alternative, two important questions must be asked: ‘What will be the effects of this development on the environment? Are those effects significant?’ If the answer to the…