Can I use my water bore during Perth sprinkler bans?


Winter sprinkler bans are in place across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern from June 1 until August 30 each year. Many people are not aware they are not allowed to use their reticulation during winter.

Turn off retic controller
Turn off retic controller

Perth has had winter sprinkler bans since 2010 and saving about  4.5 billion litres of scheme water each year.

What does this mean for Perth bore owners? Bore owners are allowed to flush irrigation systems once a week on their rostered watering days, either before 9am or after 6pm, for about 2 minutes per station during winter. They can also be run during the ban period for the purposes of installation, testing and repair. Hand watering is permitted during the ban and customers can apply for an exemption for new lawns.

You can get more information at the Water Corporation website HERE or if you have any questions about using your water bore in winter in Perth call 9246 0111. On this Water Corp link there is an interactive map that lets you know if your property is included.

It is important to check your water bore and reticulation during winter and if you have any issues call us and we will be happy to help.

What is my reticulation controller battery for?


Why does it matter that my reticulation controller battery has gone flat? The answer is that it really matters if you have a water bore. Call us on 9246 0111.

Perth Reticulation controller
Pro 469 Reticulation controller


What does a retic timer need a battery for anyway? There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a retic controller’s 9 volt battery does. Retic controllers have batteries to preserve the memory of that has been programmed in the event of a mains power fail.

The battery is normally only 9 volts and does not have the power to operate solenoid valves or pump start relays. Solenoid valves and most other irrigation devices operate on 24 volts. Most retic controllers are 240 volt mains powered with a transformer that steps down to 24 volt to operate the individual irrigation devices. It may seem like a minor inconvenience if you have a flat 9 volt battery in your controller as at first glance one would think it is not a big issue if you lose mains power and the controller has to be reprogrammed.

9 volt battery

BUT it can have nasty consequences if the controller operates a bore.

If mains power is lost to quite a few brands of reticulation controllers and there is no back up battery then when mains power is restored the controller resets all programming to factory default which is often 10 minutes per station per day. This may then turn the bore on to stations that don’t exist and the pump runs with nowhere for the water to go. This can damage the pump or pipe work of the bore.

This season we attended 3 bores that had been affected like this from Ocean Reef alone. All after a power fail. These bores, incidentally should have had the unused stations ‘looped out’ to safeguard against this. Remember it is wise to change your disposable 9 volt battery at least once a year. Some newer model controllers have rechargeable batteries. You can test both types by simply turning mains power off and checking whether the display to the retic controller is still working and whether customer program’s have been retained when mains power is turned back on.

Please call us for any advise at all on  9246 0111 or go to  our website.

Trailer mounted drilling rig for limited access

Drilling water bores in limited access or difficult sites just got easier in Perth. One of our drillers just completed a new trailer mounted drilling rig.

Trailer mounted drilling rig
Trailer mounted drilling rig
Rig fits into tight spaces
Rig fits into tight spaces

It can be manhandled through tight spaces as little as 2 metres wide and 2.3 metres high. We can push it under carports that are high enough and through to the backyard. This new water bore drilling rig can even drill through limestone prevalent along our Perth coastal strip.

If you have a water bore requirement that is in a difficult to access site then give our new bore team a call at Virgin Bores on 92460111 or visit We also have portable bore drilling rigs that can be reassembled in even more difficult to access sites and extra tight spaces for bores that are being drilled mainly in sand or light clays.

Limited access for water bore Perth

Limited access and tight confines water bore drilling is a speciality of Virgin Bores. Check out the website

Small water bore for tight access
Small water bore rig for tight access

For garden water bores with limited access for our full size truck mounted drilling rigs we have smaller bore drilling equipment we can partially reassemble onsite. Ideal where garden walks surround a home or retaining walls limit access. These small rigs can only typically drill a bore to a maximum of 30 or 40 metres. This is deep enough for most Perth garden bores. One drawback though is these portable bore drilling rigs can only drill in sand or light clay but not through lots of limestone.

Call us on 92460111 if you have a water bore that needs to be positioned in a space that is difficult to access.

Water bore Perth limited access
Water bore Perth limited access

Old well lost prime Rivervale


This old style well in Rivervale has stopped pumping water and has lost prime. We got a call  on 9246 0111 from a client on Sunday who is selling his investment property in Rivervale.

His old style well in Rivervale has stopped pumping water with the he pump running  but no water was coming out. “My bore sounds like it is doing something – very noisy but no water coming out”. The homeowner kindly sent us some pics of the bore pump and well to help us work out the problem.

It is most likely a priming issue of some description. An air leak in the pump is a possibility as the client said the Perth bore pump ran dry for a while. This causes the metal housing to overheat which in turn can heat up the PVC pipe and distort it breaking the threaded seal and letting air in.

The cause may be a failed check valve, leak in the down borehole pipe or it may even be too far to the groundwater level in Rivervale at this time of year.

We will attend Rivervale on Monday and sort the problem as the client is in the process of selling the house. If we can help you with fixing an old well in Rivervale, Kewdale, Belmont or surrounds call on 9246 0111.

All service pumps, wells or bores anywhere in Perth. Happy to take your call 7 days a week or book an online service HERE

Old well lost prime
Old well lost prime
Stalker pump in well
Stalker pump in well

Problems with retic controller

If you’re having a problem with your reticulation controller it’s worth trying a factory reset or we will talk you through it on 9246 0111.

This drops all programming and brings the retic controller back to factory default. Different brands and even individual models of the same brand controllers have ways of resetting. Your  irrigation / reticulation controller manual should list how to reset the controller.

Once you have done the factory reboot don’t forget to reprogram all your settings for your allocated watering days.

This info from Hunter relates to their most common models.

Still stumped with your reticulation problem in Perth then give us a call on 9246 0111 or book a reticulation service online HERE

Water Bores & Reticulation all suburbs Perth
Reticulation & Repairs Perth 9246 0111

Happy reticulation customer Carine

Ray from Carine was grateful for the work done on his retic by our reticulation repair team. He had phoned us on 9246 0111.

It was great he bothered to say thanks. Our specialist electrician tested circuits and found issues with solenoids which were replaced. He also tested the submersible motor. Our pump electricians have done thousands of jobs like this one all over Perth.
If you have issues with your solenoids or bore pump call Troy on 9246 0111 or check out our website

Good review Virgin Bores
Carine customer says thanks