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How to Maintain a Water Borehole Supply: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you tired of dealing with costly mains water bills? Have you considered installing a water borehole to have a reliable supply of water? A water borehole can be a great investment, providing you with an independent water source. However, it's important to understand that regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the efficiency and longevity of your water borehole. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the steps of maintaining a water borehole and provide you with valuable insights to maximize its performance.

Why is Borehole Maintenance Important?

Maintaining your water borehole is essential to ensure its optimal performance and longevity. Neglecting regular maintenance can lead to various issues such as pump failure, corrosion, damaged bearings, burst pipes, or ruptured pressure tanks. These problems can be costly to repair and may result in a complete loss of your water supply. Therefore, investing in regular borehole maintenance is a proactive approach to avoid potential issues and ensure a reliable water source.

Annual Checks For Water Boreholes

An example of an annual maintenance plan may include the following


1. Filter and UV Bulb Replacement

Regularly changing the sediment filters and UV bulbs is essential to ensure the proper cleaning and purification of your water. Sediment filters and UV bulbs need to be replaced at least once a year to maintain their effectiveness. 

2. Visual Inspection of Pipework and Components

A thorough visual inspection of the pipework and components is crucial to identify any signs of damage, leaks, or corrosion. 

3. Water Quality Testing

Regular water quality testing is vital to ensure that your water supply meets the drinking water standards and is free from contaminants.Water quality tests might include, checking for nitrates, bacteria, iron, manganese, water hardness, sulfides, and other potential contaminants. These tests help to safeguard your health and identify any changes in water quality that may require further investigation.

4. Tank Cleaning

Over time, sediment and debris can accumulate in your water storage tank, affecting water quality and potentially causing damage to the tank itself. 

5. Chemical Treatment Unit Inspection

If your water borehole system includes a chemical treatment unit, it is essential to inspect it regularly to ensure its proper functioning. 

6. Pump and Borehole Pump Control Inspection

The pump is a critical component of your water borehole system, and its proper functioning is essential for a reliable water supply. Your service plan should include a thorough inspection of the pump and borehole pump control system, ensuring that they are in good condition and operating efficiently.


The Role of Iron Bacteria (IRB) in Water Boreholes

Iron bacteria, also known as iron-reducing bacteria, are microorganisms that thrive in environments with high iron concentrations. These bacteria can be naturally present in groundwater and are commonly found in water boreholes. While iron bacteria do not pose a direct health risk, they can cause issues with water quality and the overall performance of your water borehole system.

Iron bacteria produce a slimy substance that can clog pipes, filters, and other components of your water borehole system. This slimy substance, often referred to as iron oxide or "iron bacteria slime," can cause blockages and reduce the efficiency of your water flow. It can also lead to the formation of iron deposits, which can affect the taste, odor, and appearance of your water. Products like BoreSaver Ultra C are designed to solve exactly these issues.

Dealing with Iron Bacteria and Iron Oxide Build-up

If you notice signs of iron bacteria or iron oxide build-up in your water borehole system, it is essential to take appropriate measures to address the issue. 

1. Chemical Treatment

Chemical treatment is one of the most common methods used to control iron bacteria and reduce iron oxide build-up. Aquabiotics experts can recommend suitable chemical treatments based on the specific characteristics of your water borehole. These treatments help to inhibit the growth of iron bacteria and minimize the formation of iron oxide deposits.

2. Physical Removal

In some cases, physical removal of iron oxide deposits may be necessary to restore optimal water flow and quality. 


Maintaining a water borehole is essential to ensure a reliable and efficient water supply. Regular maintenance tasks, such as filter and UV bulb replacement, visual inspections, water quality testing, tank cleaning, and pump inspections, are crucial to prevent issues and prolong the lifespan of your water borehole system. 

Additionally, addressing iron bacteria and iron oxide build-up is crucial to maintain optimal water flow and quality. Aquabiotics provides effective solutions, including chemical treatments and physical removal, to tackle these issues and ensure the continued performance of your water borehole.

By investing in professional maintenance and addressing any potential issues promptly, you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable water supply from your water borehole. Contact Aquabiotics today to learn more about their maintenance services and keep your water borehole in optimal condition.


Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for personalized recommendations and solutions tailored to your specific needs.

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