It’s best to test – EPA continues bore water campaign
The EPA has commenced ‘It’s best to test’ campaign which encourages residents who have bores to raise awareness about the importance of regularly testing bore water.
There are approximately 250,000 known groundwater (bore water) wells in South Australia and testing the bore water before use is the responsibility of all bore owners.
Like all industrial cities nationally and internationally, groundwater contamination exists in many areas across Adelaide, especially in suburbs on or near former industrial land.
Chemicals such as heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons and other organic compounds), pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrates are present in the groundwater in some areas.
In areas of former industrial activity where groundwater is likely to be contaminated, the EPA advises that it is especially important for residents to test the bore water before use.
While private users are not legally required to do so, the EPA reminds all bore owners of the SA Health advice that if residents choose to use groundwater, they should regularly have it tested to make sure that it is safe for its intended use.
Mains water and water for rainwater tanks are not affected by bore water contamination and home grown fruit and vegetables are safe to consume, provided that they are not watered with contaminated bore water.
More information about bore water testing is available from the EPA on 1800 729 175 or email