Maintaining your Borehole
Borehole and pump maintenance is important to adhere to in order to realise the best returns on your investment. Quality constructed private water supply systems require routine maintenance. These simple steps help to protect your system and water source, as well as your investment.
Always use a registered BWA contractor when investing in borehole drilling, when a pump is installed, or when having a spring house or cistern installed. Request a copy of the company’s registration and insurance before construction gets underway, and rest assured that a legitimate drilling company will happily provide you with copies of these documents.
Keep any hazardous chemicals, such as paint, solvents, pesticides, fertiliser and herbicides, etc., well clear from the borehole. Check the well cover and well cap periodically to ensure that it is in good repair, and take care in working or mowing around the well. Damaging the casing could jeopardise the sanitary protection of the well.
Properties with Septic Tank Systems
The following are a few other elements that you can test specifically for:
- Test for pesticides if the home is built on the site of an old farm or orchard;
- Test for volatile organic material if an oil tank is buried on your property, or if there is a commercial storage tank buried nearby; and
- Test for lead if the home has lead pipes. Lead tests are important for homes with public water, since contamination occurs after the water enters the plumbing.
Faulty Well Components
Problems That Can Be Corrected
Well safety tips to take note of include:
- Never store or mix chemicals near the well head. A simple spill could easily go directly into the well; and
- Never pour pesticides or other dangerous chemicals down the drain.
Water Quality Monitoring
If you would like more information and advice about maintaining your borehole, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with all the information that you need to make an informed purchasing decision.