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  WHY THE GRIP PROJECT WAS INITIATED

Due to the lack of coordination, knowledge & information on groundwater data, many unnecessary and unsuccessful boreholes were drilled during the preGRIP period. The DWA drought relief programme during the nineties is an excellent example of this. If the GRIP data were available during during the drought of 1992 to 1996, 70% of the water crisis could have been solved without having to spend any money. Because the GRIP database was not available engineers had to be sent far and wide at great expense to check the water situation and find alternative ground water sources to supplement surface water sources. You can read the full report on the Middle Letaba Dam project here. Future crises like these can be avoided by applying three simple steps:

STEP 1: Collect all available information from GRIP to determine the budget that will be required for the groundwater source development
STEP 2: Appointment of groundwater consultants: Request quotations or cost estimates from groundwater consultants
STEP 3: Possible cost saving decisions to consider when implementing water supply projects

GRIP developed in the Limpopo province to capture data (borehole point data) and to use the data for management of groundwater with emphasis on water availability and aquifer characteristics

GRIP can also serve as a Groundwater Resource Information Protocol in feasibility studies and other projects.

GRIP enhances and promotes the importance of groundwater in Limpopo Estimated groundwater use and yield figures differ so much that water resource planners and engineers were reluctant to include groundwater into the formal water sector, availability of the GRIP database is making it easier to include up to date and accurate groundwater numbers.

  • 75% of communities in Limpopo rely on groundwater
  • Groundwater information is essential to water management
  • The adhoc development approach yields very poor results
  • Limited groundwater data was available preGRIP
  • Verified data plays a major role in planning for water resource development
  • GRIP allowed for the acquisition of tools such as aerial photography and Aster imagery (link to photographs and Aster images)

  BENEFITS of USING the GRIP DATABASE

The GRIP database consists of approximately 24 000 boreholes in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The GRIP database is an online database, freely available to the world. It aims to help the above mentioned groups and any other person or group to have instant access to up to date groundwater information.
GRIP developed an easy to use search function to find and sort through the following borehole data:

The GRIP database is divided into the following areas:

  • District municipalities
  • HAreas
  • Local municipalities
  • Settlements

The following data is available for each borehole:

  • Borehole name
  • Alternative borehole names
  • Coordinates
  • Depth
  • Latest water level
  • Yield
  • Duty cycle
  • Equipment
  • Water class

The following data is also available on request:

  • Geology
  • Borehole test data
  • Chemical analysis
  • Borehole construction logs
  • Equipment
  • Time series water levels.
  • Photo's
  • If you need the above data as well, please click here to contact us.

The GRIP database can help with:

  • Dissemination of groundwater information
  • Groundwater Development Policy
  • Application in longterm water planning
  • Groundwater Management and Planning
  • Classification of groundwater resources, reserve quantification and resource quality objectives
  • Assessment of groundwater resources in Limpopo – Current feedback is that GRIP data is very accurate and useful
  • GRIP data could be used to calculate supply potential figures more accurately
  • Data is also useful in calculating available groundwater per community, and summarising to scheme, quaternary or any other level required

Future Benefits of the GRIP Project

  • Drought Action Plan (DAP)
  • Implementation of monitoring programmes / networks
  • Immediate water supply benefits
  • For more information on each of these topics, please click here. (link to Future Benefits page)

  THE GRIP DATABASE AIMS TO ASSIST THE FOLLOWING USERS

The GRIP database is aimed at the following groups and can add great benefit to projects:

  • Water users
  • Engineers
  • Town planners
  • Municipalities
  • Water sector
  • Water boards
  • Mining industry
  • Government support agencies
  • Students
  • Groundwater Sceptics
  • Term tenders for groundwater


“Get a grip on groundwater!”