New monitoring bore gives public access to latest groundwater data

Posted 7 March 2017

Monitoring groundwaterA newly constructed water monitoring bore in the Gunnedah Basin will bring greater oversight and transparency to groundwater management in NSW.

It comes as part of a $22.8 million water monitoring strategy to construct multiple bores in coal and gas basins across NSW by 2020, said Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director for Water Information and Insights Dr Christobel Ferguson. 

“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,” she said.

The bore is part of a number of bores being constructed in NSW to fill data gaps and provide public access to the groundwater monitoring network.

“The monitoring data allows for effective management of any impacts on water sources,” Ferguson said. 

“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 NSW bore network contains more than 4000 monitoring bores, which have been used to collect data in areas with large-scale water usage.