Dairy, beef and fruit farms are strongly dependant on a reliable water supply - and the large volumes of water they often use can be costly if connected to the Scottish Water mains. HighWater has installed new borehole-sourced private water supplies to many farms across Scotland, either to ensure reliability or to provide a more cost-effective alternative to the Scottish Water mains.

HighWater provides a phased approach to modernising water supplies of this nature. The first step is often to undertake water usage monitoring to establish whether there are any baseline leaks, which is often the case if there is an extensive infrastructure with many outlets such as field troughs. The data obtained also provides water consumption usage data which is required for designing the most suitable arrangements for connecting new sources.

Where possible we will retain and integrate the existing private or Scottish Water mains supply in order to provide a back-up.

We can act on your behalf to obtain the necessary authorisations from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for larger abstractions of groundwater which are typically required by farms.

Case Studies

Cattle Farm near Aberlour

The spring supply to a farm, close to one of their distilleries near Aberlour, dried up during the summer of 2016. HighWater was contacted to determine whether the spring source could be improved or whether it would be necessary to establish a new source for the private water supply. We determined that the existing spring source was inadequate, so a new borehole supply was established to serve the farm. The borehole installation arrangements were completed in such a way that the borehole supply topped up the spring supply if the spring could not keep up with the farm’s demand.

Dairy Farm - Orkney Islands

HighWater was contacted by a farmer on the Orkney Islands whose existing water supply was not producing enough water to meet the demand from his dairy farm. After evaluating the options, HighWater determined that the best course of action was to drill a borehole water well and integrate this into the existing water supply infrastructure. The borehole drilling works were successful, and the sustainable yield was more than sufficient to meet the farm’s requirements. The water had slightly elevated concentrations of naturally occurring iron, so it was necessary to incorporate a Shakesby and Sons iron reduction filter.

Soft Fruit Farm - Near Nairn

HighWater was contacted by the owner of a soft fruit farm near Nairn whose existing borehole was not producing enough water to meet the farm irrigation system demand. This meant that there was too much reliance on the Scottish Water back-up system, which was costly to use. HighWater was contracted to drill a new borehole that would supply enough water to meet the demand from the farm. After a careful site survey to determine the most suitable location, the borehole was successfully drilled to an overall depth of 99m and the sustainable yield was measured to be in excess of 7,000litres/hour. A suitably rated Grundfos borehole pump and pump control system were installed and the supply from the new borehole integrated into the existing distribution arrangements.

Hugh & Sandra Adcock

"I thought I would update you on the history of our former and new water supply. 'Allt na Breac' was built and completed in 1986 and our water supply came from a spring in a moss six hundred and thirty yards away from the house and at an elevation approximately two hundred to two hundred and fifty feet above the house. The system worked well for about fifteen years and then gradually began to deteriorate, with a build up of peat residue in the system. In 2011 we contacted Highwater and the wheels were put in motion to construct the borehole. Work began in November of that year. There is a collection of photographs detailing the work, especially the more spectacular events of blowing the hole and water spouting to about thirty feet. The choice of the drilling site was spot on and we now have a water supply second to none.

The water is crystal clear, cold and a real luxury compared to the previous supply and any other and exceeds the town supply, with no added chemicals . Friends also take the water home with them in bottles, which is the perfect accolade. We had fun while the operation was in progress and now the original members of Highwater are like family. With the yearly maintenance the system is working well.

I would like to thank Highwater for the care and expertise involved in the project."