The Importance of Bore Maintenance

August 28th, 2023

Bore maintenance is often overlooked in the viticulture industry. Properly maintained bores ensure water supply stability, soil health, and long-term sustainability. In regions like McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills where water scarcity is a concern, proper bore maintenance is essential.

A well-maintained bore delivers high-quality water that is crucial for crop health. Contaminated water can introduce pathogens, affecting vineyard health. Effective bore maintenance promotes
efficient water use, reducing wastage and supporting environmental sustainability—a value that aligns well with modern viticulture practices. Regular maintenance helps in early detection of
problems, avoiding the high costs associated with major repairs or replacement.

Periodic visual inspections of the bore, pump, and related equipment help identify issues such as corrosion, blockages, or wear and tear. Over time, mineral deposits and bacterial colonies can form, reducing water flow and quality. Cleaning processes like airlifting, acidizing, or using specialized bore brushes can help address these issues. Frequent water testing for parameters like pH, salinity, and microbial content can help in implementing appropriate treatments or preventive measures. Maintaining a bore log that includes details of maintenance activities, water levels, and test results is valuable for troubleshooting and long-term planning.

Bore maintenance is not just a technical requirement but a strategic activity that impacts productivity, prosperity, and the environment. By adopting a proactive approach, businesses in the
viticulture sector can ensure they reap the rewards of a well-maintained bore system. Take the time today to evaluate the health of your bore system; your vines—and the environment—will thank you.

Should you require assistance in bore maintenance and monitoring, please contact us.

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