No to Contamination: Using Bore Water Safely

Clean Water in Papamoa

Clean Water in PapamoaWater from bores is a great resource with a wide range of domestic purposes. Depending on the groundwater quality and characteristics, raw water may be suitable for irrigation, washing clothes, flushing toilets, showering, and even food preparation.

The only issue with raw water bore, however, is that it can become contaminated due to human activity and other natural processes. Agricultural pesticides, fertiliser residues and chemical spills from tanks can also contaminate the water resource and make it unsuitable for certain household purposes.

Away from Contamination Sources

To protect water bore quality, it is important to construct bores away from any potential contamination sources. Contact bore drilling companies to help you find the ideal location for installation. Keep in mind that bores should be at least 30 meters away from any septic tanks or waste water systems. Consulting experts will help make sure that your project meets certain requirements.

Secure the Bore

It is also essential to make sure that the bore is surrounded by a concrete slab, and has a protective cover. If installed in rural or remote locations, protect it from livestock or animals using fences. Bore inspection is also advisable to prevent corrosion, scaling or damage.

Check Water Quality

It is your responsibility as an owner to test bore water before using. Water quality testing allows you to determine the characteristics of the water and where you can use it. Bore water quality may change over time, so constant testing and analysis is necessary. This is especially true for shallow bores or groundwater.

Deal with Contamination

While it is not always possible to tell if bore water is contaminated, changes in odour and appearance can help indicate impurity. If you suspect contamination, test the water quality and check the integrity of the bore. You can also contact or seek help from your local environmental health council.

In most cases, regular maintenance can prevent problems associated with the reliability of the bore. This will also help you protect groundwater quality, with the benefit of lowering pumping and equipment replacement expenses.