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Getting to know Bore Water

Bore water is often used for irrigation, industrial purposes, and as a source of drinking water in areas where there is no access to treated water from a municipal supply.

Here are some of the pros and cons of using bore water:


Cost-effective: Bore water can be a cost-effective alternative to using municipal water supplies, particularly in rural areas where there may be no access to mains water.

Reliable: Bore water is generally available year-round and is not subject to the same supply issues as surface water sources, such as rivers and dams, which can be impacted by drought or reduced rainfall.

Sustainable: Bore water is a sustainable resource that can be managed and replenished over time, provided that it is not over-extracted.

Good quality: Bore water is typically free of the contaminants that are often found in surface water sources, such as algae and sediment.


Limited supply: While bore water is generally reliable, the supply can be limited by the capacity of the borehole or well, and the rate at which water can be extracted. Over-extraction can cause the water table to drop, leading to a reduction in the available water supply.

Poor quality: Bore water can be contaminated with natural minerals and chemicals, such as iron, manganese, and fluoride, which can affect its taste and smell. It can also be contaminated with man-made chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, particularly in areas where there is intensive agricultural activity.

Maintenance: Bore water systems require regular maintenance to ensure that the pump and well are functioning correctly, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Legal requirements: In some areas, the use of bore water may be subject to legal restrictions, particularly where there are concerns about over-extraction or contamination.

Bore water can be a cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable source of water for various purposes, but it does have some drawbacks, such as limited supply, poor quality, and maintenance requirements. It's important to assess the local conditions and regulatory requirements before deciding whether bore water is a suitable option for a particular application.

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