Are your bores compliant?

Water users in the Far North Prescribed Wells Area with a bore under their care and control are reminded that by 16 February 2019 they must be compliant, or working through an agreed program of works to become compliant, in accordance with area’s Water Allocation Plan.

All water users are reminded to undertake simple, routine maintenance to reduce risks to water supplies, prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns and to meet their legal obligations.

Far North Prescribed Wells Area water licensees are legally required to maintain all bores on their property under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. License conditions also require water delivery systems to be closed and water tight.

The region’s largest water resource, the Great Artesian Basin (GAB),provides a vital supply of groundwater for key industries including tourism, pastoral, mining, gas and petroleum, and also meets the needs of communities and wildlife.

Well maintained bores and efficient water use contribute to maintaining the pressure in the GAB. Over time, inefficient water use can impact on water access.

Legal requirements to maintain bores and licensing conditions requiring closed water delivery systems apply to all pastoralists across the SA Arid Lands region.

The SA Arid Lands NRM Board and Department of Environment and Water are working to ensure all landowners/occupiers and water license holders within the Far North Prescribed Wells Area are aware of their rights and obligations to water for stock and domestic use.

The Bore Maintenance Handbook provides information on how to maintain bores and associated infrastructure in good condition and can be downloaded from the SAAL website or is available from the Senior Water Resource Officer on 8648 5300 or Water Resource Monitoring Unit at