Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria

Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria 2020 – Everything You Need To Know
Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria 2020 – Everything You Need To Know

Portable water is one of the essential resources Nigerians don’t enjoy, which has forced many to adopt Borehole drilling as an alternative that comes at a cost.

In this article, we would be examining the Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria, Factors that determine the cost of a drilling process, and Types of the drilling process.

Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria 2020 – Everything You Need To Know

Over the last 40 years, the Nigerian government has failed to live up to its expectations despite allocating several budgets to the provision of water supply for Nigerians annually.

In 2018, via an interview with the press, the Minister of Water Resources,

Suleiman Adamu expressed his shock at the rate of borehole drilling across urban centers.

Adamu did say that such an issue could have been minimized if there were good and sound workable water schemes in the country. (READ IT HERE).

The borehole has become the only source of potable water for Nigerians for years.

The rivers have been contaminated, the pipe-borne water from the ministry of water is not functional either, and Nigerians are left with no choice but to dig boreholes for themselves.

This obviously doesn’t come at a very cheap cost. But, in this article, I’ll be showing you the most affordable way to get a borehole drilled in your house.

What Is The Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria

So many factors need to be considered before estimating the cost of drilling a borehole in Nigeria. The drilling process can be quite tasking.

Cost Of Drilling A Borehole In Nigeria

Apart from the heavy machinery used in the process, it requires a large workforce too. On average, the cost of drilling a borehole in Nigeria is between 100,000 to 700,000.

The primary determiner of the cost of a borehole is the type of drilling you want to use.

Factors That Determines The Cost Of A Drilling Process

These are things you need to consider before budgeting for a borehole. They are just a few but are very important determinants in the final cost of the drilling process.

The factors are:

Types Of Drilling Process

There are two types of drilling processes;

  • Manual Drilling Process
  • Heavy Duty Drilling Process

The manual drilling process is one that requires physical labor.

It involves hiring laborers to manually dig the ground until the water level is reached underground.

This process costs less, but it takes more time. The digging might go on for days if not up to a week.

Heavy-duty drilling on the other hand is a faster, more reliable process, involving the use of machinery to dig the ground until the water level is reached.

It lasts for just a few hours, unlike the manual drilling process, and subsequently, costs more.


The part of the country you are in goes a long way in determining the cost of the drilling process.

It cost more in places like Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt than in other parts of the country. Areas with a high cost of living are generally costlier than others. This doesn’t only affect heavy-duty drilling but also the manual method.


It is important to note that borehole drilling is different from good digging.

Drilling is simply making a narrow, deep hole in the ground.

The depth of the borehole depends on how far water is to the ground in your area.

If you live close to a river or in a riverine area, the drilling won’t be too deep before the water level is reached.

In conclusion, if you’re planning to drill a borehole for domestic use in your home or for commercial purposes, ensure that you consider all the possible factors that will affect the overall cost.

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