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Top Strategies for Protecting Bore Water

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Boreholes are one of the best sources of clean water, only second to springwater. Aquifers are the primary source of bore water, but you have to drill the ground to access the resource. That said, the quality of bore water varies from one location to another. However, even if the bore water on your property is undrinkable, you can use it for other purposes, such as irrigation. Therefore, property owners must understand ways of protecting bore water. This article highlights practical strategies for safeguarding bore water.

Allow Clear Zone Around Bore -- Once a contractor has established a viable aquifer and started drilling, it is crucial to fence the area around the bore. It is essential because leaving a bore unfenced exposes it to pollutants from livestock and machinery. For instance, a borehole near a farm shed exposes the underground water source to contaminants, such as oil spills from equipment. Similarly, livestock excrement near a borehole might be washed into the underground water source, leading to contamination. Therefore, you should allow a reasonable, clear zone around a borehole to get clean water at all times.

Seal Bore -- Another effective way of protecting a borehole is to seal it. Remember that while a fence can keep away livestock and equipment, it cannot prevent surface water from settling around a borehole. If surface water settles for too long and sinks into the ground, it will contaminate bore water. Since you have little control over surface runoff near a borehole, the best way to prevent contamination is to seal it. The best part is that different sealants are available, depending on how much surface water you are dealing with. Sealing a bore does an excellent job of preventing contaminated water from breaching through. However, you need to find a qualified contractor to ensure the integrity of the seal.  

Install Backflow Protection Devices -- Maintaining a borehole is vital, particularly at the spout since it is the only passage for underground water. However, accumulation of dust, dirt, and scale does not stop simply because you cleaned a bore spout. As such, borehole owners must install backflow protection devices in their systems. With the gadget in place, you do not have to worry about water from a dirty spout flowing back and contaminating an entire aquifer. Although cleaning the spout prevents contamination as water comes out, a backflow protection device is an aquifer's first line of defence against a dirty bore faucet.

To learn more, contact a bore water drilling company.