Water monitoring bore drilling underway in gunnedah basinDate: 2017 02 08
Construction of a new monitoring bore has commenced in the Gunnedah Basin as part of the NSW Government’s $22.8 million Water Monitoring Strategy.
Department of Primary Industries, Director Water Information & Insights, Dr Christobel Ferguson said the new water monitoring bore is one of a series to be constructed in coal and gas basins across NSW by 2020 and will be an important tool in the ongoing management of groundwater.
“Once operational, this new bore will provide the community with access to the latest data on the region’s groundwater, and allow all parties to better understand and manage this crucial resource,” Dr Ferguson said.
DPI Water plans to build another water monitoring bore in an area where there is no irrigation or industrial groundwater use to act as a point of comparison.
Dr Ferguson said the Gunnedah water monitoring bore is part of a series of new bores that are being constructed to fill data gaps in the NSW groundwater monitoring network.
“The monitoring data allows for effective management of any impacts on water sources.”
“We know the quality of groundwater is an issue of public concern, which is why all monitoring data will be freely available online.
“The site allows for monitoring of any impacts in the aquifers overlying the coal seams, including the Great Artesian Basin.”
The selection of the site was subject to an environmental assessment and considered a range of factors including hydrogeology, gaps in existing data, proposed mining and industrial activities and stakeholder and community input.
NSW has built a network of more than 4,000 monitoring bores across the state, which has been used to collect information in areas with large-scale water use.
Local stakeholder groups are being informed in advance about drilling activities scheduled for the Gunnedah Basin. Drilling operations have commenced and are expected to be completed by the end of February.
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