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Lake Karrinyup Country Club


Pipeline access point
- no damage to the fairway.
Lake Karrinyup Country Club (LKCC) was experiencing delivery problems from one of its main bores. The pump and bore had recently been replaced, but the restricted flow through the pipeline due to iron bacteria and other deposits required long running times and having to run other supplementary bores additional time as well. The energy costs for this were significant. LKCC wanted to remedy the problem with minimum disruption to their members and minimum damage to their turf. Waterwell Solutions with Statewide Pipe Cleaning services were able to provide them with the required service. Before the treatment, the pipeline was producing 18000L/hr at 650kPa pressure. After our treatment the pipeline was delivering 48000L/hr at only 300kPa. The pump was on line for less time and working less hard. Members continued to play golf, the playing surfaces were intact and the pump running costs were dramatically reduced.


City of Nedlands - WA

This local government body has a residential area serviced by approximately 30km of irrigation pipe ranging from 200mm to 20mm. These irrigation pipes service roadside verges and various parks and gardens. Parks staff were constantly having to repair or replace blocked sprinklers. The bore had been cleaned, but the iron bacteria slime and mineral deposits in the pipelines continued to cause maintenance problems. The pipelines crossed numerous roads, servicing road verges and several parks. One of the City's concerns was that any treated water must not be harmful to the environment or damage its plants. Waterwell Solutions offers a neutralising kit for sensitive environmental situations to ensure that the pH of the bore water is neutral. Residual BluBac is converted to harmless bicarbonates. The City purchased 18,000 L of BluBac Borecleaner and BluBac neutraliser to safely and successfully clean their irrigation system. Maintenance call outs were much fewer, freeing up staff to perform other parks duties.


RioTinto- Pilbara WA

Rio Tinto must dewater the area surrounding their iron ore mining operations to keep its mine pits workable. As one might expect, iron bacteria love the iron rich water of the de-watering bores. The bacterial bio-fouling clogs the bores and associated head works. One of Rio Tinto’s concerns was that bore water is released into a nearby creek system so any released water must not be harmful to the environment. Waterwell Solutions offers a neutralising kit for sensitive environmental situations to ensure that the pH of the bore water is neutral any residual chemical are converted to harmless bicarbonates. Rio Tinto purchased 15,000 L of BluBac Borecleanerand 1,000L of BluBac neutraliser to safely and successfully clean their dewatering bores.


Aqwest - Bunbury WA

Aqwest WAAqwest is a Western Australian State Government Statutory Authority providing potable water services to the City of Bunbury. Aqwest aims to achieve on-going success in the water industry based on service excellence and compliance to statutory requirements while providing sustainable, high quality water services at minimum long term cost. Maintaining their water bores at maximum efficiency is integral to this. Waterwell Solutions was contracted to provide pre and post camera inspections, brush and air-lift of their Skewes bore and treat remaining iron bacteria with BluBac Boreclean. Skewes Bore is 52m deep with 250mm FRP casing and 9m of 168mm stainless steel screen. Biofouling from iron bacteria causes restriction of the bore water flow through the gravel pack and screen apertures. more info (1mb PDF)


WA Maritime Museum

WA Maritime MuseumThe WA Maritime Museum runs two bores for heat exchangers used for air conditioning the museum. Each bore had 200mm casing connected by approximately 100m of HDPE pipe to the two heat exchangers. The bore water is essentially saline due to the proximity to the Swan River estuary. After passing through the heat exchangers, the bore water runs to waste back into the estuary. The water from these bores has significant iron levels in it, possibly due to historical usage of the dockyards. Biofouling from iron bacteria causes restriction of the bore water flow between the plates of the heat exchanger resulting in poor heat reduction and overworking of the air conditioning pumps. Waterwell Solutions approached the Maritime Museum with a proposal to use BluBac Xtra Boreclean to clean the heat exchangers and as well as reduce the iron biofouling in the bore pumps and pipe infrastructure. click here for more details (2mb PDF)


BluBac bore cleaner Rehabilitation Trial at Collie, WA

BluBac LogoUltramatics in conjunction with Bunbury Drilling Company and AGE Developments camera logged, brushed, air lifted and BluBac-treated a badly iron infected bore for Verve Energy.

Ultramatics was so impressed by the product that they recommended Verve Energy treat the rest of the bore field.




RAAF BoreRAAF Bore NSW

AGE Developments used BluBac bore cleaner to assist a local government water authority to restore this 250mm NSW bore to full capacity.





Parkes BoreParkes Eugowra Bore, NSW.

Another NSW local government bore. This was camera logged, brushed and air-lifted then treated with BluBac bore cleaner after achieving great results on a previous bore. Here you can see BluBac being injected from the bulk container without the requirement for handling.



Barwon WaterBarwon Water, Victoria.

Barwon Water This iron rich bore was camera logged, brushed and air-lifted then treated with BluBac bore cleaner achieving great results and restoring this 340mm Victorian state bore to full capacity.









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