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Q&A with Handy Mac: Borehole water warning

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Simone shares her borehole experience:

Firstly, thank you so much for all the interesting and handy information you provide for we readers – it is so appreciated. In this day and age, where almost nothing is for free, it is refreshing to get all this info for the cost of a newspaper.

A few weeks ago you referred to testing borehole water for drinking purposes. My husband has been pumping borehole water from a farm (I understand it is a very deep borehole and was cleared for drinking purposes by the poultry farm using the water a while ago). The water is pumped into a tank on the back of a truck and then brought home to be pumped into two water tanks installed in my back yard.

I am impressed by the number of people who are really trying to make a difference. I wish that we could get more of them. I am shocked, however, by the number of people who assume they can use other sources of water without having the water properly tested. Please don’t drink water that has not been tested. There are a few labs doing this work, but a proper test will take weeks rather than days and it does not come cheap.

As I mentioned before, Chris Le Mesurier of H2O, on 0823727528, is one of those trying to make a difference, and he will point you in the right direction for the tests you need.

Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB:

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