How Environmentally Friendly are our Clean Drilling Techniques?

by | Apr 12, 2023

These days, environmentally conscious practices are more important than ever. People and businesses alike are becoming increasingly scrutinised, and the geotechnical drilling industry is no exception. It’s therefore unsurprising that the environment is at the heart of our vast range of clean drilling techniques. In fact, prior to any drilling project, or planning permission case, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) will always be carried out.

At Borehole Solutions, we understand exactly how important these assessments are when it comes to protecting the future of our planet. Even borehole drilling – despite what you may expect – is surprisingly environmentally-friendly, and who better to discuss why than our professional team!

So, what are EIAs?

Here at Borehole Solutions, we take great care when it comes to looking after the environment. Environmental Impact Assessments – checks to reveal whether a site is suitable for work – play a vital role in this. Groundwater quality, damage to native flora and fauna, as well as pollution of the land are all covered. Often, these assessments are typically reserved for larger, more environmentally sensitive developments. However, this is an incredibly broad specification. Chances are, for most geotechnical projects, you’ll have EIAs to complete – regardless of whether it centres around clean drilling techniques. To find out more about EIAs, click here!

How do Clean Drilling Techniques Impact Our Environment?

Boreholes aren’t just your average drilling technique! In fact, they’re used for a multitude of reasons – some of which aid in protecting the environment. For example, geotechnical surveys or small window samples can help discover information and analyse the content of the land. These clean drilling techniques can check for harmful contaminants, whether that’s asbestos or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

How Environmentally Friendly are Water Wells?

When it comes to preserving the environment, water well boreholes are those that people are most concerned about. People tend to worry that drilling into groundwater can pollute water sources, potentially contaminating flora and fauna alike. With EIAs, however, site analysis ensures that there is no contamination risk at any time throughout the project.

The government’s view on water wells is relaxed to say the least. Before you even need an abstraction license, you can extract as much as 20,000 litres each day; that’s 7.3 million litres every year! Part of the reason for this comes down to its role in reducing businesses’ scope 3 emissions and carbon footprints. Compared to treated mains water, this is as much as 22,000 kg of carbon dioxide each year for a large water user. This could amount to as much as a 90% reduction – a considerable feat for certain.

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Based on the above, you’d be able to guess how we’re going to wrap this one up… boreholes are extremely clean drilling techniques! Well, when drilled by the right geotechnical company, of course, and at Borehole Solutions, we’re nothing short of experts! To find out more about our borehole drilling services, get in touch today! Contact us on 01733 200501 or email our team at