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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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A Guide on Water Bore Drilling

Ethan Burton

If you would like to have a personal water supply system for home or agricultural use, then you should consider drilling a water bore. Water bores source their water from underground aquifers. When well drilled, they can provide a long-term supply of clean water. Below are a few considerations to make during water bore drilling. 

Before drilling

Conduct a survey

You must ensure that the location you intend to drill the water bore is suitable. Visit the local geological office to get information about groundwater prospects in your area.

Legal permits

In Australia, people intending to drill water bores on their property must seek a permit from the local authorities. These permits vary from state to state, and you may have to pay a small fee to secure them.

Finding a contractor

Below are a few tips to help you find a suitable water bore contractor. 

  • Look for a contractor experienced in drilling water bores.
  • The contractor must show sufficient understanding of the job at hand. He or she should explain the water bore drilling process and the various measures that need to be taken to preserve the environment.
  • The contractor should have the equipment required to drill the bore.
  • The contractor should be licenced to drill the class of bore you intend to have on your property.
  • Ask for a quote and ensure the contractor's pricing is within industry rates. 

During drilling

Protection of aquifers

During drilling, the contractor must take adequate measures to protect groundwater from contamination. For instance, he or she must seal the area in such a way that stormwater does not get into the bore. The contractor must take adequate measures to ensure that water from different aquifers does not mix. Drilling equipment must be disinfected to prevent it from contaminating the water.

After drilling

Water testing

Water from the bore must be tested to ensure it is safe for human consumption and agricultural use. Water tests aim at evaluating the presence of chemicals, dangerous microorganisms and the concentration of ions. Decommission the bore if the water is unsafe.  

Waste disposal

Waste during water bore drilling includes mud and drill cuttings. The contractor must dispose of the waste in a responsible manner. Ensure that the contract you sign has a clause on waste disposal; otherwise, you may have to dispose of the waste yourself.  

When drilling a water bore, conduct a survey, seek legal permits and find a contractor. Protect aquifers from contamination when drilling the bore. Test the water and dispose of waste after drilling the bore.