Bore Drilling & Pumps

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Your Complete Bore Pump Installation Provider for the Perth Region

Be it a Superficial or a named Aquifer, BD water will supply and equip any size pump to cater for your water bore needs, from drill to equipping, with all steps of the process managed and organised in house. With several experienced bore drillers working with our expert technicians, we aim to provide the operator best suited to your location, drawing on their extensive industry experience to deliver the best service in the Perth region. Our Drillers specialise in various soil types and depth ranges, deploying a range of drilling equipment, methods, and techniques, delivering efficient and cost-effective water bores, while satisfying all mandatory requirements, ensuring its long-term efficiency and operation.

Pump maintenance and servicing

Water Pumps are subject to a harsh environment of abrasive wear and chemical corrosion, like all Machines, they require ongoing maintenance to function optimally. This wear can lead to expensive conflicts or critical failures if left to develop. Don’t risk costly damage to your equipment, call our expert service technicians if:

  • ‍The Pump operates but there’s no water flow
  • ‍The Pump fails to operate entirely
  • ‍The Pump operates but trips the RCD during operation
  • ‍The Water pressure fluctuates wildly
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How it works

Buyers/Sellers list the water licence interest via the form
We advertise your listing via multiple platforms
Pricing is then negotiated between the seller & buyer(s)
The purchase price is then placed in escrow pending Department of Water approval
All required paperwork is filed by BD Water on behalf of both the seller & buyer(s)
Once the trade is approved the funds are released to the seller and the licence is transferred
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Frequently asked questions

How do I get a bore drilled

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BD Water have all your water bore needs covered, we can construct Level 1 (superficial) and Level 2 (Confined; Mirrabooka & Leederville) bores.

You can otherwise look to engage a drilling service yourself, unfortunately the quality of work varies greatly in this industry which can easily result in an undesired outcome.

Drilling contractors generally specialise in a particular type of drilling and area where they’re comfortable they’ll get the best results with their experience. That’s why we have multiple different rig set-ups and operators to ensure we can get the very best result in every situation.

Be careful going for the cheapest service provider as this can often result in a disappointing outcome when corners are cut. All our drillers are licensed and some of the very best in the business.

How much does it cost to drill a bore

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 (inc gst):

  • Superficial Standard 100mm Mud Drilling (most common for residential bores): $110/m
  • Superficial Granite 100mm Hammer Drilling (generally required in the hills): $120/m
  • Confined Aquifer Bores (Mirrabooka & Leederville): $450-550/m

Depths can vary depending on the area:

  • Superficial Mud: 15-50m
  • Superficial Granite: 30-100m
  • Confined Aquifers: 60-200m

If your area is mapped by the Department of Water then you can get a guide for what depth you should expect here:

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:

  • Superficial Mud (common): 15-50m
  • Superficial Granite (hills): 30-100m
  • Confined Aquifers: 60-200m      

The Department of Water offers a guide if your area has been mapped via the following link: however this is only and you never know exactly until you drill.

Do I need a water licence

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

If you are doing any of the following however you'll most likely need a license:

  • Irrigating more than 1/2 an acre (2000 square meters)
  • Using the bore for commercial requirements (feedlots, construction purposes, etc)
  • Looking to utilise a non-superficial or confined aquifer (bore depths generally need to exceed 60m for this to be a consideration)

Generally a small residential bore does not require licensing, but irrigating large amounts of area or some form of commercial agriculture operation will.

The Department of Water offer a flow guide as to whether you require a license or not:

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) Any unconfined aquifer is one that naturally is able transfer water with the environment around it such as a river, lake or the ground surface above. These are generally closer to the surface with a common example being superficial water. Due to there unconfined nature these types of aquifers are readily accessed and can vary greatly in production quantity and quality.

Confined Aquifers (eg. Leederville) A confined aquifer is separated and contained to an area, these can still be extremely large however they are naturally sealed from other aquifers and environments, generally via an impermeable layer of clay. These bodies of water can still be accessed via a bore however it is vital they are sealed off during drilling to ensure they are separated from other bodies of water which would cause blending of the aquifers. As these bodies are sealed off they can often produce very consistent production quantity and quality however bore drilling costs can be high due to the depths and construction specifications required.

What is superficial water

Superficial water is the natural water found immediate below the ground and generally what you find within the first 0-50m of drilling, it’s unconfined meaning it can interact with other environmental structures (rivers, lakes, etc) and is responsible for over 90% of bore production in the Perth area.

You don’t need a licence to access this aquifer so long as you’re only using it for domestic purposes (irrigating less than half an acre). The production quantity and quality can vary heavily due to its unconfined nature.

Why does my bore water leave stains on my windows, fences and paving

The most common cause of bore staining is iron bacteria, (most commonly Thiobacillus ferrooxidans and Leptospirillum ferrooxidans) other sources include naturally occurring iron levels in the water (commonly Ferric oxide); It’s estimated that 40% of the worlds bore water supplies are contaminated with naturally occurring or introduced iron bacteria. Other Issues with mineral deposits and staining can involve ground salts such as calcium oxide, generally considered less problematic but still posing a maintenance concern, as it restricts and clogs intake filters and spray outlets.

What are the maintenance impacts of iron bacteria

Outside of visible staining, iron bacteria contribute to a great deal of system strain, such as pump corrosion, flow restriction, poor system operation and unpleasant working conditions for servicemen. If left to develop, it can lead to system failure, requiring costly repair or even pump replacement.

Can I do anything to prevent the staining from my bore

Although Iron Bacteria can never be completely eliminated, as it lives naturally in many of the formations and aquifers, it can be regulated using a range of low impact, non-toxic chemicals to remove the bulk of bacterial substrate. This in turn reduces the amount of visible stain and odour. Frequency of application is determined by the severity of the subterranean infection and subsequent staining. Existing staining can then be removed by a number of commercially available compounds such as X-Fe.

Other methods of stain prevention involve the design of your station spray coverage, minimizing over-spray and infrastructure obstruction will reduce the impact of the staining while reducing the cost of stain removal considerably. We offer decontamination and restoration services for problematic bores as well as treatment and filtration solutions

Is iron bacteria in my bore dangerous

Although iron bacteria can make water unsightly and cause an unpleasant taste and odour; there is currently no health risk associated with iron bacteria. There are also no active health concerns regarding iron present in bore or drinking water.

Can I maintain my bore during the winter sprinkler ban

Leaving your pump and bore inactive over the entirety of winter is a hazardous corrosion risk, particularly where ones water supply is high in salts or iron. As per Department of Water guidelines, listed below, it is legal to run your bore for one of your allotted watering days for a maximum station run time of 2 minutes.
This is vital to keeping your pump and equipment in serviceable condition.

"Maintenance of garden bores is important and under the legislation a person does not commit an offence if the person operates a reticulation system using domestic bore water to the minimum extent necessary while the system is being installed, maintained, tested and repaired.

The minimum extent necessary is considered to involve limiting testing to a maximum of two minutes per station. Running your reticulation longer than this may be considered watering your garden.

The department recommends that wherever possible, maintenance, repairs and testing are carried out on one of your allocated September to May sprinkler roster days, where applicable and before 9am or after 6pm."

How much does a bore cost 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 Rate for a Standard Superficial bore with 100mm Mud Drilling (most common for residential bores) is $110/m; depending on the area, a superficial bore is usually 15-50 m deep

What is water bore drilling?

Putting a hole in the ground to access water bodies (groundwater)

How does a bore work?

A water pump is able to draw water out from the soil and into the pipe of the bore where it is drawn to the surface.