When it comes to ensuring your bore water is safe for you and your family, testing is essential. But with so many different types of tests available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you and your Northern Rivers property. To help guide you through the process, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of testing available and some tips to ensure you get accurate results.

Visual Testing

Visual testing is one of the simplest ways to assess the quality of your bore water. You simply fill a sample bottle with fresh, untreated water, then look inside to identify any contaminants or unusual colours. This can be done in the lab, or you can use a home testing kit.

Chemical Testing

The most common type of water testing is chemical analysis. This is done by taking a sample of your bore water and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. The lab will test for various chemicals, such as iron, manganese, calcium and other minerals. If these levels are too high, it may indicate contamination issues or that the water is not fit for drinking.

Biological Testing

Biological testing is used to assess the presence of bacteria and/or viruses in your bore water supply. This is done by taking a sample of your water and sending it to the lab for analysis. The lab will then test for a range of different microorganisms, such as E. coli, salmonella and coliforms. If these levels are too high, it indicates that there may be contamination in your bore water supply and that it should not be used for drinking or bathing.

How Often Should You Test Bore Water?

You should test your bore water supply at least once a year or more often if you suspect any contamination. If you own a rural property and use bore water for drinking and bathing, it is important to test regularly to ensure the quality of your water remains safe. Many local councils also offer free water testing services, so it is worth checking with your local authority to see if they can provide you with this service.

Signs That You May Have a Water Quality Issue

If you notice any of the following signs, it is worth testing your bore water to identify any potential contaminants:

  • Unusual colours in the water
  • Unpleasant tastes & odours
  • Cloudiness or sediments in the water
  • Foaming or frothing at the surface
  • Low pressure from taps & showers

If you identify any of these issues, it is vital to act quickly and test your bore water supply as soon as possible. It is also wise to get advice from a qualified water quality professional or bore water specialist before deciding on the best course of action.

Northern NSW Bore Water Testing Regulation

In the Northern Rivers region of NSW, there is legislation in place to help ensure that bore water supplies are safe for consumption. This includes requirements for regular testing and treatment and limits on specific contaminants.

It is essential to be aware of these regulations and comply with them. You may face fines and penalties if you do not adhere to these regulations.

By following the advice outlined above and being aware of the Northern Rivers bore water testing regulations, you can help ensure that your bore water supply is safe and free from contaminants. If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch with a local bore water specialist. At LederWaterDrill, we help Northern Rivers property owners with bore water drilling, treatment and maintenance services. Contact us today to find out more.