Moving to a rural or remote location is a dream come true for many Australians. Along with the solitude and wide open spaces, there is also an increased need for self-sufficiency. Often, essential amenities are unavailable or difficult and expensive to connect with in this type of location.
If you don't have a property with mains water connections or a natural surface water source such as a river, dam or stream, then you'll need to ensure that you have an adequate water supply. Rainwater tanks are essential but if you have livestock, crops or even a large vegetable garden, they may not provide you with a consistent supply of water to meet your needs.
Installing a bore pump to access water from aquifers beneath the surface of your land is a great way to increase your new home's water resources. This water is generally not suitable for household use but is more than adequate for irrigation, garden use and watering livestock. These are the three main steps you'll need to take to access bore water on your property:
1. Book a site assessment
The first step you'll need to take is to ascertain if you have an accessible and viable bore water source on your property. The assessment will need to be carried out by a professional bore drilling contractor who will have the equipment and skills needed to locate and access an underground water supply.
2. Access the bore water
Once you know that you have an aquifer underneath your property, then you'll need to access it. This involves drilling down through the top layers of earth and often through several layers of clay and sedimentary or igneous rock, which can only be performed by a boring contractor with the right tools and know how. Once the aquifer is accessed, your contractor will install piping to funnel the bore water to the surface.
3. Install a bore pump
Whether the aquifer that provides you with bore water is only a metre or two or several metres beneath the surface, you'll need a pump to draw it up. Your boring contractor can install this for you, enabling you to access water from the bore on-demand in the same way that you have access to water from your taps. They can also connect the bore water supply to the different areas of your home and garden where it will be used.
Accessing the natural underground water supply on your property is a cost-effective and sustainable way to provide your new property with its water needs. Contact your local bore drilling contractor and get started on the installation process.