Monitoring Bores are drilled for the purpose of identifying the condition of ground water and the water table. We drill holes at intervals and then insert a pipe that allows groundwater to enter.
This provides the ability to regularly measure and collect data such as the height of the water table, water pressure, water quality and salinity.
If you’re accessing ground water for residential, stock or agricultural purposes on any scale, it is recommended to assess and monitor the condition of your ground water resources for the whole farm as well as its catchment areas.
The three main reasons for monitoring bores are:
- to measure the effects of changing water tables on production
- to observed the effects of managing water tables.
- to inspect for possible contamination or ground water quality variations.
Employing monitoring bores to gain meaningful information requires regular measurements to be taken over a minimum period of five years since any changes that may occur in the water table or in ground water generally happen quite gradually.
Some of the more useful metrics to be gained from monitoring bores are:
- predict recharge of ground water patterns
- identify changes in the ground water level direction
- groundwater mapping of particular areas
- understand the influence of seasons on ground water levels
- land salinity risk assessments
- measure the influence of land management decisions on the water table