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Adelaide Plains Groundwater Assessment

Adelaide residents have long made use of groundwater, historically by drawing water from backyard bores, however substantial quantities of water lie beneath Adelaide which can be used more effectively by updating our knowledge about this valuable resource.

Funded by the Goyder Institute for Water Research, this two-year project will map the aquifers beneath Adelaide to provide a comprehensive understanding of the quantity and quality of water within the aquifers. It will also assess the likely impacts of a changing climate and increasing population, and inform future water planning.

Local manufacturing industries and many market gardeners in the northern suburbs rely on a steady supply of groundwater from deep aquifers to operate, highlighting how important groundwater is to South Australia’s economy.

It is hoped the project will improve our knowledge of how much water:

  • flows from the Adelaide Hills to the plains
  • moves between the different aquifers
  • flows out to sea
  • is fresh and how much is saline.

Research will be conducted in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and is supported by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Read more about this project and watch the ABC news story.

Photo: courtesy of Flinders University