Borehole Drilling in Kenya is carried out to satisfy the ever growing demand for water, mainly for domestic use, irrigation, industrial and livestock needs. Borehole drilling in Kenya is mainly done efficiently using latest state of the art borehole drilling machines (known commercially as borehole drilling rigs). Manual borehole drilling is is also done using manual digging tools. Currently, Water Experts Limited is one of the largest borehole drilling companies in Kenya with years of experience in drilling and equipping.
Over the years,Water Experts Limited has built a reputation as one of the best borehole drilling companies in Kenya and the entire East Africa. Being one of the leading well drilling companies in Kenya, we always strive to give our clients the best and prompt services. Our borehole drilling services in Kenya are top notch, always meeting customer needs.
Borehole drilling in Eldoret, Kenya by Water Experts Limited
Cost of Drilling Borehole in Kenya (Per meter per County)
County Cost (Min) Cost (Max)
Nairobi KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Kajiado KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Machakos KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Kitui KES 6,600 KES 9,500
Makueni KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Kiambu KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Nakuru KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Kisumu KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Turkana KES 8,000 KES 9,500
Bungoma KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Busia KES 7,700 KES 9,500
Narok KES 6,800 KES 9,500
Mombasa KES 7,000 KES 9,500
Kilifi KES 7,500 KES 9,500
Kwale KES 7,600 KES 9,500
Baringo KES 6,900 KES 9,500
Siaya KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Homabay KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Uasin Gishu KES 6,500 KES 9,500
Note this is cost for air drilling in Kenya
Loose soils are generally more costly than rocky soils. This is technically referred to as wet and dry drilling respectively. All our drilling covers actual drilling, casing, test pumping and water analysis.
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Borehole drilling in Kenya
Borehole drilling in Kisumu by Grekkon Limited
Requirements for drilling a borehole in Kenya
In order to drill a borehole in Kenya, the following are required:
This is done to determine the underground water potential. A hydrogeology survey report will give an estimate of the drilling depth, site location and the nature of rock and soil formation which will assist in determining casing materials and the cost of drilling. This survey must be done with an independent, qualified and registered hydrogeologist. The cost of hydrogeological survey in Kenya ranges between Kes. 95,000 to Kes. 110,000 depending on the location.
WRA (Water Resource Authority) Permit.
Water Resource Authority is state cooperation that regulates use of all water resources. They issue borehole drilling license and authorize drilling once the hydrogeologist report is ready. For you to be licensed by the WRMA, an application needs to be done online or physically visit their offices located across the country. WRA gives authorization licenses which is a green light to drill a borehole. They then issue a water permit that gives you permission to access the water resources as much as you want.
NEMA (National Environment Management Authority) Permit
This assesses the effect of drilling on the environment. The report gives both positive and negative impacts on the environment incase drilling is done. If the project will not have negative impacts that may be hazardous to the environment, then a green light permit is given by them
Once all the above are met, drilling will proceed.
Borehole drilling rig at work
Borehole drilling rig at work
Borehole Drilling Procedure in Kenya
This is to establish the soil formation, depth and location of where the actual drilling will be done. It also assists in getting the required government approvals such as NEMA and WARMA certificates.
Actual drilling involves machine (drilling rig) mobilization and drilling. Drilling begins from above ground upto the recommended depth by the hydrogeologist. During drilling, casing is also done using steel or plastic casings. Borehole casing helps in preventing the borehole from collapsing and prevents impurities from contaminating the borehole water.
Once drilling is complete, test pumping is done to determine the borehole yield or capacity in m3 per hour (m3/hr) This is done by continuously pumping water out of the borehole for 24 hours. Test pumping also helps in selecting the right pump for the borehole.
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4. Water Chemical Analysis.
This is done to determine the suitability of the borehole water for drinking, irrigation or any other use. Some boreholes produce pure neutral water while others may produce salty water which may require treatment before use.
This entails installation of pumps in the borehole. Electric submersible, solar submersible or diesel pumps may be installed depending on expert advise. Pipes immersed into the borehole may be uPVC pipes or HDPE pipes, depending on the depth.
Includes optional extra services such as installation of pipes, plumbing, irrigation, tank tower construction, tank installation etc. There is a separate quotation for these services.
Borehole submersible pumps
Solar Pumping SystemSolar Pumping System
Borehole drilling timelines
Activity Appox No of Days
Hydrogeological survey & report writing 7 days
WRMA/NEMA Permits 15-30 days
Actual Drilling 4-7 days
Equipping (Pump Installation) 1-2 days
Time taken to drill a borehole in Kenya
Applications and uses of borehole water in Kenya.
Drilled water has several uses including:
Domestic drinking water
Irrigation (Mainly drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems. Harvested water can be stored in reservoirs with dam liners or pumped directly to the farm.
Free borehole drilling in Kenya
Free borehole drilling in Kenya is done by local and national governments to communities. In this type of arrangement, the government pays service providers who then carry out the drilling. Grekkon Limited is a powerhouse and offers cheap borehole drilling in Kenya.
Borehole Drilling FAQ
What is the average depth of a borehole in Kenya
The average depth of a borehole in Kenya is 100m-300m depending on the location.
What is the cost of drilling a borehole in Makueni?
It ranges between Kes. 6,500 to Kes. 8,000 per m
What are borehole casing prices in Kenya
They range between Kes. 4,000 to Kes. 7,000 per pc (4m long)
What is the cost of drilling a borehole in Kajiado?
It ranges between Kes. 7,000 to Kes. 8,500 per m
Is there Free borehole drilling in Kenya
This is usually done by local and national governments.
What is the cost of drilling a borehole in Kisumu?
Between Kes. 7,000 to Kes. 8,500 per m
What is the cost of drilling a borehole in Kitale?
Between Kes. 6,500 to Kes. 8,500 per m
What is the cost of drilling a borehole in Nyeri?
Between Kes. 6,000 to Kes. 8,500 per m
What is the best borehole drilling company in Nairobi, Kenya?
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