23 Dec Your Quick Guide to Bore Water Treatment
Bore water simply means groundwater accessed from a bore drilled into underground water storages. Water is then pumped to the surface.
Many residential and commercial properties have started incorporating this water source into their distribution network. Since the Australian government tops up dams using bore water, over time homes get calcium in their water. It can strip your body of necessary minerals. Moreover, the tap water gets eaten away.
Generally speaking, bore water is acidic. However, it still depends on where you’re located. It also has lots of minerals and contaminants, including iron and heavy metals.
Private users are not required by the government to test their bore water. However, it is still heavily recommended by SA Health to ensure safety.
The Safety of Bore Water
With small bore water treatment and testing, property owners can determine the safety of the water. The process detects whether the contaminations involve risks to human health.
Bore water tests that involve shallow aquifers (these are prone to industrial pollution) are necessary before using the water for drinking (food preparation, cooking ice making and food washing are included), filling pools, bathing, pumping water through sprinklers, and topping up rainwater tanks.
Water coming from 50-metres (or more) confined aquifers with excellent casing and well-protected from contamination are generally considered to be of higher quality. In case you’re unsure, water-level gauging can help inform you about which aquifer is necessary.
What To Do If Your Bore Water Is Contaminated?
If your Bore Water is contaminated, it is important to notify the relevant authorities. If your water changes in appearance or smell, this can be a key sign of contamination. SA Health strongly advices that if this occurs, to further investigate the integrity of the Bore Water through testing. They also advise that you seek advice from your local council Environmental Health Officer.
The Result of the Contamination
If you’re growing your own produce, then you should not water them with contaminated water. However, the ones from rainwater tanks and mains water won’t be affected by the contamination. Therefore, it’s safe to use them for growing fruits and vegetables.
It’s important to decommission a bore in case it can no longer be fixed or it’s no longer needed. The approved method of decommissioning bore is filling it with bentonite or ground. It’s a practice that removes any physical hazards.
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