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Management of the Great Artesian Basin

The Great Artesian Basin provides vital, reliable water supplies for stock, domestic, town water, industrial and mining purposes. Sustainable management of the basin is being achieved through a combination of water planning and continued investment in capping and piping programs.

There is a range of environmental and cultural heritage values associated with the basin, largely focused on areas where the basin groundwater discharges at the surface, such as at artesian springs, and as base flow to rivers and streams.

Management framework

A framework for groundwater resource allocation and management for the basin is provided for under the water resource plan and resource operations plan. This framework protects existing users' access to water and the flow of groundwater to springs. It maintains and improves long-term, positive trends in water pressure while providing for existing and some new water uses.

Under the plan, access to limited amounts of additional groundwater may be available in accordance with the established criteria.

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Last updated: 14 February 2017


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