Davis and Shirtliff borehole drilling cost


Davis & Shirtliff charges Ksh 1.3 million to Ksh 3.5 million to drill a borehole in Kenya. There are many factors that determine the price and one of them is how far is water from the surface.

Requirement for drilling a borehole in Kenya

Before contracting Davis & Shurtleff, you need to get some licenses for borehole drilling. The requirements include:

  1. A permit from NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority)
  2. A letter of no objection from Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company or Relevant County Water Management Authority.
  3. Authorization letter to drill a borehole from Water Resources Authority (WRMA)

The documents will cost Ksh 20,000 to Ksh 50,000

After getting the documents, contact Davis and Shirtliff to start the job. They will need a deposit of at least 30% of the estimated cost of drilling the borehole.

Cost of drilling a borehole in Kenya

It costs Ksh 6,500 to Ksh 8,000 per meter. It costs Ksh 6,500 to Ksh 8,000 per meter to drill on stable ground that has a proper rock formation beneath and Ksh 13,000 to Ksh 15,000 per meter Drilling on loose ground that has no or minimal rock beneath. This brings the total cost to Ksh 1.3 million to Ksh 3.5 million.

How long it takes to drill a borehole

It takes 1-5 days to drill a borehole in Kenya.Places like North Eastern take up to 5 days while a place like Kisii will take a day to drill the borehole.

How deep should a borehole be in Kenya

A borehole should be 200 to 500 meters deep in Kenya.

Factors affecting borehole drilling in Kenya

  1. Geographical location
  2. Depth
  3. Cost of drilling
  4. Documents required
  5. Type and quality of water, whether fresh or salty
  6. Proximity to the borehole
  7. Power generation
  8. Method of drilling


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