Groundwater use study aims for better regulation

Posted 13 August 2013

A new CWI study will the study will examine how both regulatory and scientific data can be used to assess factors contributing to groundwater extraction mismanagement.

Dr Cameron Holley and Prof. Andy Baker

The efficiency, metering and environmental impacts of groundwater use will be the focus of a new CWI study into groundwater regulation.

Ways of reliably measuring the actual quantities of groundwater being used, which is essential for the sustainable management of this resource, are not well understood.

The NSW Department of Trade & Investment has provided a $20,000 grant to support a new CWI project investigating whether groundwater over-use - intentional or otherwise - is undermining this valuable resource.

Headed by Dr Cameron Holley and Prof. Andy Baker, the study will examine how both regulatory and scientific data can be used to assess meter tampering, faulty meters and other factors contributing to groundwater extraction mismanagement on a catchment-wide basis in order to prioritise the legal regulation of individual aquifers.

Dr Holley will also conduct interviews with industry, agriculture and government to supplement an accompanying analysis of relevant legislation, metering policy and available government reports.

“I am excited about this project because it will help shed greater light on our growing use of this ‘hidden’ water resource, and identify ways of ensuring it is regulated and managed more efficiently and sustainably,” Dr Holley said.

It is anticipated the outcomes of this study will lead to more effective regulation, improved efficiency and reduction of the impact of agriculture on groundwater resources.

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