Bores encouraged as part of home water solution
Released 19 Nov 2010
Director Water Resource Use Rob Hammond said fit-for-purpose water is encouraged wherever possible by the department to reduce use of highly treated and valuable drinking water for irrigation of lawns and gardens.
"Domestic bores reduce the pressure on the public scheme water supply," Mr Hammond said.
"In suitable areas of Western Australia bores access shallow groundwater and do not deplete the aquifers used for scheme drinking water. In a large number of cases, they are useful in urban water management.
"As long as they are used efficiently in suitable areas, and do not impact on neighbours and the environment, domestic bores are part of the overall water supply solution."
Mr Hammond said homeowners could also share bores among a body corporate or even with neighbours.
"There is nothing to prevent shared bore use but owners may wish to get their own legal advice about shared ownership and access through any private sharing arrangements.
"The department has created on-line resources for drilling of domestic garden bores, which are used by drilling companies and householders.
"People also need to check with their local government authorities for any local approvals under the Health Act.
"In Perth and Mandurah garden bore users are permitted to water once per day on three of their allocated roster days, between 6pm and 9pm. Bore owners elsewhere in the state can irrigate every day after 6pm and before 9am.
"Inappropriate bore use is subject to infringement notices in the same way as inappropriate scheme use."
For information to assist in garden bore management go to http://www.water.wa.gov.au/Managing+our+water/Garden+bores/default.aspx or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848