Boresaver Ultra C Pro

Premium Iron Oxide & IRB Cleaner

BoreSaver Ultra C is a premium grade rehabilitation chemical designed to dissolve iron oxide deposits in groundwater bores, wells, pumps and pipes. 

When iron oxide residues build up in the well/bore, production drops and maintenance costs can spiral out of control. The slippery orange iron deposits are due to the conversion (oxidation) of dissolved iron by naturally occurring bacteria (I.R.B.). It is not only unpleasant for the operators but, more importantly, it is indicative of a system that is steadily becoming constricted, inefficient and expensive to maintain. Iron oxide residues affect stainless steel as well as cast iron and the various different types of plastic groundwater pumps.

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Safe & Easy to Use

BoreSaver Ultra C has multiple approvals for use in potable water systems. Nothing enters the production stream. Treatment solution is flushed to waste after cleaning.

How Much Product Do I Need for My Well?

When comparing iron oxide cleaners, it’s well worth comparing the recommended dose rates to check you are getting value. If it’s the same price but you must use 50% more then its isn’t good value at all!

The amount of BoreSaver Ultra C to use is based on water volume in the bore to be treated. The degree of contamination in the pump is not directly related to the length of time the pump has been in service, rather factors such as mineral levels, dissolved carbon dioxide levels and the quantity of water pumped influence the amount of residues contained in the casing and pump

How Often to Clean

The frequency of follow up cleanings will be determined by the natural conditions already present in the well and the aquifer.

It is not possible to totally eliminate the iron related bacteria contamination from the far reaches of the underground aquifer. BoreSaver will however provide effective control and cleaning for extended periods of time.

By evaluating when the effects of the iron oxide residues start to cause the installation or user unacceptable performance, treatment timing can be determined. Generally, this should be considered at the halfway point of the breakdown timeline since the propagation of the bacteria tends to be exponential.  By treating at the half way point, the optimum performance of the pumping infrastructure will be maintained. An added benefit of this program is that the ongoing maintenance costs are locked in at their lowest possible levels.

Examination of the historical site records as well as studying the telemetry records for the system will establish this optimum re-treatment baseline.

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How to Recognise the Problem

Any of the following symptoms will indicate a problem with iron bacteria or iron oxide deposits:

  • Rusty slime inside pipes

  • Cloudy, rusty water at pump start-up

  • Reduced water flow from the bore

  • Slimy deposits blocking main lines and laterals

  • Unpleasant odour in water pumped from the well

  • Slimy, rusty deposits in drippers and sprinklers

  • Severe staining on pavements, walls foliage.

  • Blackish-brown deposits indicates the presence of manganese oxide

How to Use BoreSaver Ultra C Pro

BoreSaver is safe, easy to use and biodegradable.Simply follow the BoreSaver four step process for clean, fast-flowing water:

1. Identify which BoreSaver cleaner you need with our range guide

2. Work out the amount you need with our dosage table

3. Pour BoreSaver straight into your well or borehole, recycle the water, surge and leave in for 24 hours.

4. Flush out your well or borehole by using any of the standard methods. Surging and brushing, air-lifting or pump-in recycling will safely pump the deposits and contamination away.

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Pump in Hole Cleaning

Product Description

BoreSaver Ultra C is an acidic rehabilitation chemical designed to dissolve iron oxide deposits in potable groundwater bores, wells, pumps and pipes.

Ideally, we recommend pulling the pump and surging the bore with a suitable rig. If that’s not possible this recycling methodology will clean the pump in the bore and the rising main.

NOTE: this will not clean the screen or any section below the pump.

Applying The Product

BoreSaver Ultra C is supplied as a concentrate and can be used “as is” or mixed with potable water just prior to use if required.

In wells with up to 170’ of water depth the solution can simply be added to the top of the casing. Subsequent surging, cycling, brushing etc of the well will do a good job of mixing the product into the target zones.

Where the pump is to be left in place and a cycling method of treatment used, start the pump running then simply tip the BoreSaver Ultra C into the top of the well. This will efficiently clean the pump, rising main and upper sections of the casing but not have any significant impact below the pump intake zone

How Much To Use?

Dose rate is 5% by volume of BoreSaver Ultra C to the water volume in areas to be treated.

As an example, if there is 200lt water in the bore, we would use 10kg BoreSaver Ultra C

Simple Pump Cycling Method

This method leaves the pump in the hole and directs the flow back down the well. Providing more of a focus on cleaning the pump, this method is most often used on wells that are not heavily clogged or where pump removal is not feasible or for economic reasons.

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Application Method

Pump head works need to be modified to allow the discharge to be directed back into the well. This can be as simple as attaching a hose. Should the flow be too great for a flexible fitting, direct the output into a tank, which then discharges back into the well.

Add the recommended amount of treatment product to the casing (this can be via the tank).

Recycle for 8 hours minimum making sure the pump doesn’t over-heat or run dry.

Add 5 gallons or 20 lt of water to the well.

Leave pump off for 12 to 24 hours.

Purge to waste. Wastewater from the well should be disposed of in accordance with Environment Agency protocols.

During purging, add potable water to the well to flush cleaner and reaction by-products from above the pump.

Take this opportunity to perform pump (SC) and water tests if desired.

Reconnect head work’s and resume normal operations

On Site Disposal of Purge Water

Purge waters contain the minerals dissolved into solution (the original “problem source”), carbon dioxide and some amount of residual acidity. Wastewater from the purge (including any chlorinated water) should be disposed of in accordance with Environment Agency protocols.

Contain the first two well volumes of the purge water onsite in a holding pit or tank for pH correction.


Examples of iron related bacteria (IRB)