State Groundwater Investigation Program
Increasing our knowledge about our groundwater resources and the ongoing monitoring of their changes are essential to ensure the sustainable management of our state's water resources. The State Groundwater Investigation Program is part of a 15-year plan that will bring social, economic and environmental benefits to Western Australia.
The State Groundwater Investigation Program began in July 2005, in response to the large increase in groundwater use due to population growth, particularly since the 1990s.
The main objectives of the program are to:
- Better define the geometry of our aquifers.
- Assess groundwater salinity and seawater intrusion.
- Determine the sustainability of groundwater resources in light of current and projected water use, to manage impacts of groundwater abstraction.
- Improve the monitoring of groundwater levels and groundwater quality.
Projects funded through the program are at:
- North Gingin
- North Gnangara
- Murray Peel
The findings from this research means that decisions about groundwater allocation will be based on the most precise and robust data available.