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We provide Rotary Air Drilling, Rotary Mud and Casing Advancing Drilling services allowing us to drill all ground conditions
We drill all sorts of bores including stock and domestic and high yield irrigation, industrial and municipal (town) water supply holes.
Yes, we are fully licensed to drill in Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales. We also carry all the relevant liability insurances.
Yes, all our bores and workmanship are warranted for a period of 5 years, and we offer a full replacement service if this is what is required should there be a failure due to our workmanship. Please see our terms and conditions on our quotation for further information on our industry leading warranty.
We commenced trading in 2006 and have been drilling bores prior to that, cumulatively we have 50 years of combined drilling experience with our three key drillers.
The costs of drilling a water bore are influenced by the location, depth of the bore, size of the bore, materials used to construct the bore and drilling method required for the geology at the site. We provide individualised quotation for each job we do to ensure our customers receive the best possible pricing.
The nation minimum construction standards for water bores in Australia edition 4 is the current standard that underpins the construction of water bores, although there are additional requirements for bores that intersect artesian sediments which are outlined in the minimum standards for the construction and rehabilitation of water bores that intersect the sediments of the artesian basins in Queensland
Each of the standards can be found at the following links
Here is a link that shows the confines of the areas of Queensland that the great artesian basin underlies although it may underlie your property, your bore may be exempt from the requirements if your bore doesn’t penetrate the artesian sediments. This is where having a skilled, qualified, and knowledgeable team advising you is critical.
Both materials are commonly used in boreholes, and each have their place in the correct application. Choosing the correct material for the bore is imperative to the longevity and success of the borehole.
PVC is generally used in most stock bores as it is non-corrosive and economical to install however it has depth, temperature, and collapse pressure implications.
Steel is used in deep, high yield bores and bores drilled in unconsolidated formations where the pressure is likely to collapse PVC. Steel is subjective to corrosion however most corrosion within a bore hole happens due to poor bore design or inadequate cementing and sealing practices.
We make allowances and recommendations at the time of quoting on the type of casing we recommend using for your bore and we are proficient at running both.
Generally, we prefer customers to finalise their account on completion of the works as per the agreed standard terms on our quotation. However, in certain circumstance, we can offer customers favourable terms on their project depend on individual situations.
We have our main base out of Toowoomba with satellite locations in the North Burnett, Chinchilla and Western QLD. We travel and cover a radius of 700km from our Toowoomba base. If you have multiple holes to drill, we can travel further. Our rigs and support equipment can easily mobilize to your location and complete the job efficiently and economically.
Although not guaranteed you are very likely to find a useable supply of water in most parts of Australia as we are blessed with plentiful supplies of fresh water. Ground water constitutes more than 95% of Australia’s available fresh water. It is estimated Australia has 65,000 million megalitres of underground water 130,000 times Sydney harbour.
A properly researched, planned, and designed drill hole will more times more than not produce a very satisfactory result and looking back over our past 12 months we drilled 78 bores, and this resulted in 4 dry holes the odds are certainly in the favour of finding a suitable source of water.
In Queensland for stock and domestic bores in most circumstances you do not require a development permit to drill a bore. If the bore is intersecting artesian sediments in the artesian management area a development permit is required and we can assist you in the application for this in most cases this takes two to three weeks.
In Queensland for irrigation bores you require a development permit, and we can assist you in obtaining the correct approvals.
QLD permit applications can be found at https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/water/authorisations/application-forms
In New South Wales a permit to drill is required in most circumstances and we can assist with obtaining the required permit.
NSW applications can be found at https://www.waternsw.com.au/customer-service/water-licensing/applications-and-fees
Generally, many clients have already selected a site based of local knowledge or have used the services of a local diviner if they prefer to do so. We have an in-house geologist and contract hydrogeologist that we use on more complex or deeper boreholes.
Our Staff geologist does a desktop study of all Geoscience Australia mapping for your property and reviews any nearby registered bores to make a desktop assessment regarding the geology of your site and the existence of water to provide guidance as to the best target aquifers for your individual purposes.
You don’t need to do anything the registration process is completed by the licensed driller and costs nothing. It is mandatory for the driller to submit a drill log to the relevant state regulator, and this allows for the bore details to be recorded on a permanent register for all time.
If constructed properly, designed well, maintained, and used sensibly a water bore should last many decades. In saying that we recommend water bores are cleaned and redeveloped every 10 years to ensure your bore is in optimal condition and any maintenance is carried out by licensed and knowledgeable people.
We can come and inspect it and work out if it is economical or possible to refurbish this bore and get it running for you or we could replace it with a brand-new asset to provide water security for your property.
In many circumstances we can deepen your pre-existing bore if circumstances require. Deepening an existing bore can be a cost-effective means of sourcing a more reliable source of water. This is only able to be done if the bore when completed is compliant with relevant standards and regulations and the end product is going to feasible for the installation of a pump where required.
In drilling terminology, a wet hole is a bore that has an acceptable yield for the customers requirements and is a completed cased bore that constructed into a registered water bore.
A Dry hole is a hole that has insufficient yield or unsuitable quality of water for the customers purposes and has been backfilled and cementing according to the standards under which it was drilled. These are charged at a lower meterage rate as casing has typically not been used and a bore was not constructed. These holes must also be registered with the department and this data is also collected and put in the database.