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Bore Drilling

Bore drilling provides a sustainable way to tap into water sources for drinking, household use, irrigation and livestock. By drilling into underground water reservoirs, we can help to drought-proof your property providing free fresh water.

As a full service irrigation specialist, Brisbane Irrigation Systems can guide you through the process of permit applications (where required), determining the best location for your bore, drilling, water testing and pump installation.

We have included some common bore types below and you can reach out to our friendly team with any questions or to request a quote.

Sand Spears

Sand Spears are a simple type of small bore typically used to draw water out of shallow groundwater systems. They are most commonly used in coastal areas to deliver low quantities of water for watering gardens.


Domestic Bores

A domestic or stock bore is often used on small acreage for gardening, drinking water for stock and normal household uses.


Irrigation Bores

Irrigation bores are larger than domestic bores and produce higher volumes of water for using in irrigating commercial crops.


Monitoring Bores

Monitoring bores are used in commercial and agricultural settings to monitor water level, quality and contaminants in a particular area.


Bore Pumps

Bore pumps (also known as spear pumps) are required after bore drilling to bring the water up to the surface. Our team can advise on the various types of pumps available and look after all of your pump installation, maintenance and repair needs.

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My property is difficult to access, can I have a bore?

Our team can help you determine the best type of bore for your needs. For example, a smaller sand spear may be more suitable than a larger domestic bore.

We also have access to a range of equipment to drill on blocks with difficult access. It is important that overhead powerlines and underground services are clearly identified and marked. Contact our friendly team to discuss your requirements.


How do you know if there is water where you are drilling?

Our research of local geography and existing registered bores in the area help us to determine the likelihood of finding water on your property. Prior to drilling, our professional team will carry out geographical research as well as investigations into existing registered bores using historical data from the relevant Government authority. Our experienced drillers will also liaise with you as to bore location and ensure it is uphill and away from any septic systems.

Some clients choose to engage a water diviner to help in selecting a suitable location.


What happens after a successful bore is drilled?

After water is located, the bore is cased with PVC piping, packed with gravel and grouted.

The bore is then air lifted (a process of creating a vacuum to remove debris from the bore) and a water sample is collected for testing.  A pump will then need to be installed to access the water. Brisbane Irrigation Systems is your one stop shop for bore drilling and pump needs.

Once payment for the bore is received, a bore log is submitted (if required) to the relevant Government authority and a copy provided to you.


What if they don’t find water?

Unfortunately, this can happen from time to time. A dry bore will be backfilled and capped with cement. The finished site looks like a circle of concrete in the ground. Payment will still be required if a bore is unsuccessful, and the bore site logged with the relevant Government authority (if required).


Can bores be cleaned out or made deeper?

Unfortunately, the cleaning of existing bores is not a viable long term solution.

Deepening existing bores risks damage to our equipment and collapsing the bore so is not recommended.

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