Different bores and irrigation needs
require specific water pumps.

Water bores are just holes in the ground without pumps. A pump is a crucial part of the system, as it pulls water from the bore and into the irrigation system mainline and peripheral pipes.

At BD Water, we are experienced with the installation of water bore pumps in Perth. This has led us to only work with 2 pump models on all of our installations - Lowara and Grundfos, as these are the most reliable brands supplied to Australia.

We suggest the appropriate model and size of the pump based entirely on your property goals, taking into account the bore and irrigation systems requirements.

Typically, we carry out pump installation once we have drilled your water bore. However, we are more than happy to install a pump if you have an existing bore.

We don’t stop at the pump installation either, we deal with the peripherals to ensure your required flow is met.

Whether you have a commercial or residential property, we can lift your existing pump and replace it with the new model, or simply supply and install the new pump.

Additionally, we handle bore pump repairs and maintenance.

Bore pumps are trickier than they seem,
we know our way around all the technicalities.

Choosing a suitable pump

Pumps come in all shapes, sizes, motor sizes, electrical wiring types, brands and so much more.

It is important for system efficiency and sustainability to choose the appropriate pump for the bore and irrigation needs. We only ever install pumps we believe will fulfil these requirements.

Solar water pumps

With solar coming to the fore in Australia, it was only a matter of time before we offered the option of bore pump and solar panel integration for the energy supply of the pump and system.

The solar system ensures there is energy to operate your system year-round, in an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient way.

No matter the scope of the project

We can help you pump your water project, no matter where you are in the process of the installing your irrigation system. We can kick the project off the ground with you or come in and take over halfway through, whether it is a new installation or maintenance.

Whatever you need, we’re happy to help.

Anyone can put down a pump,
but we ensure it is installed correctly.

Expertise

We employee highly skilled technicians with experience in assessing, lifting and installing pumps. We use only the highest quality of materials and pumps.

Integration

We are happy to integrate your bore pump with an existing system or a new system. If you have an existing setup, we’re happy to work with you to finish the job.

Complete

We handle the full set-up and installation of your water bore pump, including electrical work and mechanical connections to your new or existing irrigation system.

Our Customers

What our clients and drillers say about us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost to get a consultation and quote?

We offer both of those free. We will offer a quote once we have had time to go through a consultation with you, and in some cases view the property. This will ensure you get the most accurate quote possible. It also provides us with an opportunity to get to know you and your needs.

If the quote cannot be provided without testing your bore or system, we will discuss the costs of these services before doing anything, to ensure you are informed of any costs associated.

How long is the installation of a water bore in Perth?

Depending on the depth of the drilling, the construction of the hole itself can take longer.

Generally, for the Standard Superficial Aquifer or the Perth Hills Fractures, it takes us one day to drill and construct the bore. We can arrange to get your pump installation and connection to irrigation system the next day. In all, the project takes about 2 days.

Bores into the Mirrabooka and Leederville Aquifers are a longer process, as they require a pilot bore so that a wireline log is conducted and sent to Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for their approval, before the final bore and construction can be finalised. In this case, the project takes about a week once the drilling itself commences.

What is an Aquifer?

An aquifer is a body of water below the ground that is made of permeable rock, soil or clay that enables water to flow through it. Aquifers are generally referred to as confined and unconfined.

  • Unconfined Aquifers (eg. Superficial) are naturally able to transfer water with the environment around it, such as a river, lake or the ground surface above. These are generally closer to the surface. Due to the unconfined nature, these aquifers are readily accessed and can vary greatly in production quantity and quality.
  • Confined Aquifers (eg. Mirrabooka & Leederville) are separated and contained to a ground layer and area. These can still be extremely large, however, they are naturally sealed from other aquifers and environments, generally via an impermeable layer of clay, and should not blend with other aquifers. These bodies of water can still be accessed via a bore, although it is vital that they are sealed off during the drilling. As these bodies are enclosed, they can often produce very consistent production quantity and quality, usually at higher bore drilling costs, due to the depths and construction specifications required.
How much does it cost to drill a bore in Perth?

It depends heavily on what you're looking to achieve with the bore and where you're drilling it.

Costing is generally worked out on a per meter basis, which will include drilling the bore, inserting the PVC casing and air developing of the bore until the water is clear of any muds.

BD Water rates (incl. GST):

  • Standard Superficial Aquifer 100 mm Mud Drilling: $ 100 /metre
  • Perth Hills Fractures 100 mm Hybrid Mud and Hammer Drilling: $ 120 /metre
  • Confined Aquifer Bores (Mirrabooka & Leederville): $450 - 550 /metre

Depths can vary depending on the area:

  • Superficial Mud: 20 - 50 metres
  • Superficial Granite: 30 - 100 metres
  • Confined Aquifers: 60 - 200 metres

If your area is mapped by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, you can get a guide for what depth you should expect for the superficial aquifer. The water maps aren't always correct - we'll be happy to give you insights into drilling in your are that we gather from our drilling jobs in your area.

How deep do you have to drill?

This can vary heavily, mainly it depends on where you’re drilling and what aquifer you’re targeting.

As a general guide:

  • Standard Superficial Aquifer: 15 - 50 metres
  • Perth Hills Fractures: 30 - 100 metres
  • Mirrabooka and Leederville Aquifers: 60 - 200 metres



The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation offers a guide map with the expected depth of the water bodies present in specific locations. Some areas are unmapped, as there is not sufficient information to estimate the depth of the aquifers. In the Perth Hills, drilling is slightly different, as we are targetting a fracture between rock bodies, and not an aquifer, so this area is never mapped.

This map is only a guideline for the depth of the drilling. Our drillers take soil samples every 1-2 metres to ensure we drill to the optimal depth for the best producing bore, so the depth can only be exactly determined during the drilling.

Do I need to apply for any licences?

Most residential bores do not need a licence to be drilled and utilised.

If you are doing any of the following you'll most likely need a groundwater licence to take water:

  • Irrigating more than 1/2 an acre (2,000 square meters)
  • Using the bore for commercial activity (feedlots, agriculture, construction, etc)
  • Looking to utilise a non-superficial aquifer (bores generally deeper than 60 metres)

Another type of licence is a 26D licence to drill a borehole, which you need in case you are:

  • Using the bore for commercial activity
  • Looking to drill into a confined or semi-confined aquifer (bores generally deeper than 60 metres)

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation offers a flow guide as to whether you require a license or not.