A Guide to Bore Water

Posted on: 30 August 2018

Bore water is a convenient solution for household and commercial water requirements. Bore water is extracted from a bore which is a narrow shaft drilled into the ground to access groundwater sources. Below are some questions people have about bore water.

Is bore water safe to drink?

Bore water can either be from deep or shallow bores. Deep bores have their aquifers protected by thick layers of rock or clay that act as natural filters. Shallow bores are prone to contamination from human activity hence their water could contain dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms that could put human life at risk. Bore water must be tested to ascertain its quality after which it must be treated if it is not safe for human consumption.

Is bore water hard or soft?

Bore water is classified as hard water as it has a considerable amount of magnesium and calcium salts. The disadvantages of hard water are that it does not lather easily and it leads to the formation of limescale in pipes, washing machines, and electric kettles. As such, if you intend to use bore water, you must consider appropriate treatment measures to avoid damage to pipes and appliances.

How long does bore water last?

The bore can serve for many years as long as the survey done to determine an appropriate location was accurate. Modern technology has improved the bore drilling process hence the bore should serve you for long. 

What is involved with bore water drilling?

Below are critical considerations when drilling bore water in Australia.

1. Finding an appropriate contractor. Various companies drill bores in Australia. You can ask friends and family to recommend reputable companies. Ensure that the company you hire is licensed and has qualified personnel.

2. Location. A borehole prognosis survey determines the best site to drill bore water. Hydrological consultants and drilling companies can help you determine a suitable location.

3. Contamination. The bore should not be prone to water contamination. Appropriate contamination prevention measures must be applied when a deep bore is to be drilled in an area prone to contamination.  

4. Local permits. In some areas, you must get a permit to drill a bore as there are strict regulations on bore drilling.

Bores are an efficient source of water for households and businesses. Bore water should be tested to determine if it is safe for human consumption. It is classified as hard water and can last for many years. When drilling a bore, find a qualified contractor, ensure that the location is appropriate, avoid contamination, and seek local permits.