Bore Water - What's Beneath The Surface

Published on 10 January 2018

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Like all industrialised cities, Adelaide has groundwater contamination that is the direct result of past practices involving:

  • petrols, oils, solvents, degreasers and other substances used in manufacturing,
  • industrial sites such as gasworks, drycleaners, timber yards and tanneries,
  • agricultural chemicals and pesticides,
  • waste products which were often buried.

If your groundwater is contaminated, coming into contact with it can pose a serious risk to health. This is especially the case if you use it to water your veggies, fill a pool, top up a rainwater tank, wash or cook with, or pump through a sprinkler for the kids to play under.

You may have already been advised to not use your bore water at all, but if you haven't, make sure your groundwater is safe to use this summer by having it analysed at a professional, accredited water-testing laboratory.

The Australian Water Quality Centre (ph: 1300 653 366) can test residential bore water and advise you if it is OK to use. For more information phone 8124 4216 or visit