Water Bores can be required for a range of means, from small bores used in camps or drill programs, to large-diameter production bores intended for supply or dewatering. One of the services we offer at Egan is the monitoring of your bores on site, as well as providing the tools to do so. One of these tools, a ‘Piezometer’, is an instrument used for measuring the pressure of a liquid or gas, and is often placed in boreholes to monitor the pressure or depth of groundwater.
Piezometers consist of sealed PVC pipe of between 20 to 40mm in diameter, with narrow slots cut in the bottom to allow water entry. Because piezometers are drilled into an aquifer, they are usually installed at a depth greater than three metres. When three or more are installed at the same depth, horizontal groundwater movement can be determined; when installed at different depths at the same site, vertical water movement is monitored, indicating whether the site is acting as a recharge or discharge area, or an area of lateral water flow.
A water borehole is essentially a well, although not the ornamental kind in which you might throw coins to make a wish, but rather, the practical kind of well that benefits both the environment and your bank account.
The three key benefits of a domestic or commercial borehole are self-sufficiency, money saving, and money making.
Firstly, equipping your home or business with a borehole is the first step in the direction towards living a self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. We all have a responsibility to use natural resources responsibly, and when you use a borehole, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Secondly, the water that boreholes produce is actually sitting there in the ground, naturally accumulating from rainfall and underground springs. Making use of it means that you’re simply utilising an unused groundwater resource. This also means that you have access to a reliable water supply that won’t be interrupted by problems caused by things beyond your control, such as leaks or poor connections from old pipes.
Australia’s climate is characterised by highly variable rainfall patterns between regions, seasons and years, including extended periods of drought. Within the past decade and longer, parts of Australia have been subject to mandatory water restrictions in response to drought conditions. And yet with the recent easing of water restrictions, permanent water saving measures remains in place in parts of Australia to help reduce the demand for water and promote the efficient use of water.
- “In March 2013, more than eight million Australian households (93%) used mains or town water as a source of water. Nearly all households in capital cities used mains or town water (99%) compared with 84% of households living outside the capital cities.”
- “Of those households that used mains or town water as a source of water, 77% were satisfied with the quality of the water for drinking. Satisfaction levels were the highest in the Australian Capital Territory (95%), and lowest in South Australia (57%) and Western Australia (65%). For households in Western Australia, satisfaction levels decreased from 74% in 2010 to 65% in 2013.”
- “Of the 7.3 million Australian households that had a garden, 51% used mains or town water as their main source of water for gardening. The use of bores or wells for gardening was relatively uncommon across Australia (5%) other than in Western Australia, where one fifth of households (20%) used bores or wells as their main source of water for gardening.”
How Can You Save Money?
By drilling a borehole, you are tapping into your own private water supply and can cut out a large percentage of those costs. If you choose for an advanced system with filtration, you can supply drinking water too and end your reliance on a utility provider and cut the costs out altogether. When you use the water from your own private supply, apart from the initial borehole drilling costs, making use of it will cost you nothing more than a small fee for the electricity used to power your private well. This means that if you regularly water your garden trees or vegetable patch, wash your car or farm vehicles, supply ponds or feed animals and livestock, then over the course of a year your savings could be substantial.
…And Even Make Money?
In the short term, having access to your own water wells can save you money and really add value to your business or property. While commercially drilling for water involves substantial financial outlay, the return is endless. Drilling contractors are a great source of information, especially if they have a good working knowledge of a particular area. At Egan we make sure that before you begin to develop your own source of groundwater, an assessment is conducted to review the water quality and quantity, as well as the most efficient and cost-effective way of getting the job done.
To learn more about the vast benefits of water boring or to have a chat to our team of drillers, get in touch with us today.