Extensive further research pinpoints the source as an ancient aquifer, known as the Palaeolithic Basement, which lies directly beneath the Mornington Peninsula at a depth of 900 metres. It is believed to be 600 million years old and draws its water from New Zealand, where rainfall seeps into the ground and trickles through tectonic plates to feed the aquifer.
Incredibly, the water that emerges in Dayle and Olaf’s backyard is believed to take a minimum of 2000 years to force its way up through the Red Hill soil.
In 2015, Olaf and Dayle leave their full-time jobs. They build a small plant on-site to harvest the overflow. Launching as Aqui-Live, the name is updated to Three Bays in 2020, evoking the three picturesque bays of southern Victoria – Port Phillip, Western Port and Corio – beneath which the ancient aquifer lies.
Olaf and Dayle now choose to share the accidental discovery of a truly unique gift with the world.