7 tips to protecting your bore
If you have a private groundwater well or bore, there are some important steps you can take to look after it and minimise the risk of you or your family getting sick:
Ensure your bore is located as far as practical from potential sources of contamination such as septic tanks, offal holes, and effluent disposal areas.
If you are thinking of installing a bore, your council will be able to advise on appropriate set-back distances from potential sources of contamination.
To prevent stormwater and contaminants entering the water supply, the top of the bore should be securely sealed; the bore casing should extend above the ground and ideally be surrounded by a sloping concrete pad.
Where necessary, fence around the bore to prevent stock access.
Be sure to include a backflow prevention device to stop contaminated water flowing back into your water supply.
Water quality can be checked by collecting a sample and sending it to an independent and accredited laboratory for testing. Most labs can send out simple test kits and instructions.
Unused or abandoned bores should be backfilled and securely sealed to prevent contaminants entering the aquifer.