The majority of the earth is made up of water, but only a portion of it is fit for human consumption. Water running through your pipes and rainwater are among the common water sources that are safe for human consumption. Then, there is also bore water, which is also safe for human consumption if handled properly.
What is bore water?
Bore or well water comes from rivers and rains and is stored deep down the ground. Then it goes through a “held” area called aquifers. Aquifers can either be confined (secured) or unconfined (unsecured).
Licensed well drillers are the ones that make bores and wells in areas where water is secured and can be accessed by people. You may ask help from your local government to know whether it is possible to install a well nearby your area.
How can it be made safe for consumption?
People are discouraged from consuming bore water for a number of reasons. However, there are various ways to protect your well from being contaminated.
One of the easiest methods is to make sure the location of your well is secured from wild animals’ reach. Keeping your well properly sealed can help prevent rain and surface water from carrying bacteria to the aquifer. Keeping the surface area of your well free from dirt and harmful substances is also important.
Though confined aquifers are generally safer because it is built to minimise contamination and bacteria, consuming water directly from the well still, poses risks because of varying pH levels and the presence of nitrates. If consuming bore water is unavoidable, you should contact your local government to get your water tested (or treated).
Despite its abundance, potable water is a scarce resource in some parts of the world. Consuming water responsibly should be done by everyone, despite the presence of alternative sources such as bores.