Water bores that will sustain
consistent and quality supply.

A superficial aquifer bore is generally the most straightforward bore to drill.

We find the best location within your property and simply drill until we find the superficial aquifer. Usually, we go past the water table and into the deeper end of the aquifer. 

This ensures that the bore will get the permeable materials to provide a steady supply, keeping the bore and pump healthy.

We handle standard superficial bores with ease.

Our in-house team manages and organises the whole project, working with our drillers to get the best results. We trust the team's expertise to find and secure the water supply needed.

We can work with existing systems or install a new pump and irrigation. Our bore drillers and technicians work together to ensure your project is executed to the highest standard.

With a full range of equipment, we will use the method and techniques for the type of soil and depth required for drilling.

We also drill deep bores into the Mirrabooka and Leederville Aquifers, as well as bores into the Perth Hills Fractures.

Standard superficial aquifer bore drilling in Perth.

Superficial bores are simple,
we make them good.

Carefully selected drilling teams

Not all drillers are the same.
We contract the most qualified experts in the field to handle every project from start to finish and get the best possible borehole.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards, so we only work with people who do the same.

Superficial aquifer bore drilling from BD Water.

Experience brings success

We have been operating in Perth and its surroundings long enough to build a vast expertise. Particularly with bore drilling, experience is key for a successful borehole with a lasting water supply.

Our work in the area has made us better at what we do, and we apply that knowledge to every project . All our drillers are ADIA certified.

Quality equipment for quality bores

We invest in high-quality equipment. One of the biggest issues with standard bores in Perth is poor workmanship due to low-quality equipment. That’s why we take such great care to invest in the best and maintain it to a high level.

The bores we drill are built to stand the test of time.

Western Australian superficial aquifer bore field installation.

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We are experienced in all areas of engineering and construction of the bore. We offer a premium, professional and hassle-free drilling service for every project.


We are happy to provide an obligation-free consultation to discuss your goals. Every project is different, and we consider your unique needs when planning it.


If required, we can do further work on your new bore, installing a pump and connecting it with your irrigation system, to make getting the water you need even easier.

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What our clients and drillers say about us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a water bore if a drilling rig can't access my lawn?

It’s possible to drill in your front yeard or driveway. No lawn access doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to have a water bore installed.

We can discuss the best option for your property and drilling needs during your free consultation.

Is bore water suitable for household use?

The groundwater pulled from a bore is suitable for non-potable use, like washing clothes, irrigating farms, flushing toilets, and washing the car. If it’s your only supply of water, then you will need to carry out annual testing to ensure it’s safe to do so. You should never use bore water to drink, bathe, fill a pool or water edible plants unless it has been tested by a professional body.

What is superficial water?

Superficial water is the natural water found immediate below the ground and generally what you find within the first 0-50 metres 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.

The production quantity and quality can vary heavily due to its unconfined nature.

You don’t need a licence to access this aquifer so long as you’re only using it for domestic purposes (irrigating less than 1/2 an acre).

How much is a water bore drill 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: $ 99 /metre
  • Perth Hills Fractures 100 mm Hybrid Mud and Hammer Drilling: $ 132 /metre
  • Confined Aquifer Bores (Mirrabooka & Leederville): custom quote is required, as costs depend on site characteristics

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: 20 - 50 metres - we drill past the water table and into the water producing sands of the aquifer, to help prevent your bore from future dry-up as the water tables (static water beds underground) are becoming thinner and in some areas disappear altogether
  • 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.

How does a bore and irrigation system work?

A water pump draws water out from the water table or permeable materials in the soil and into the pipe of the bore, which then pushes water to the surface. It can be connected to a tank or directly tied in to the irrigation system.

The water table is a static level layer, usually at shallower depths, than can dry up, causing damage to the bore. This is why we drill past the water table and into the permeable materials at the bottom of the aquifers, to get a more consistent and better quality supply. The screens placed at the bottom of the bore construction filter the river sands to get the water into the bore.

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