Groundwater is an essential resource for our community, especially in the western parts of the region. With no regulated water supply system and limited opportunities for catchment runoff, landholders are dependent on good quality, reliable water for stock and domestic use, and even irrigation, in some areas.
Unfortunately some groundwater resources in the region are of a poor quality. The salinity levels mean that the water isn't suitable for human or stock consumption. That's why it's so important that we regulate and monitor our groundwater resources to ensure their health and ongoing viability.
At GWMWater, we're responsible for:
- groundwater resource management
- issuing 'take and use' groundwater licences for irrigation and other commercial purposes
- supporting key environmental management strategies
- regulating ground water diversions according to the Water Act 1989.
Groundwater management areas
There are two declared groundwater management areas in our region. Each is managed according to the local groundwater management area plan.
Murrayville Water Supply Protection Area (WSPA)
The Murrayville Water Supply Protection Area is centred on the town of Murrayville and is near Victorian/South Australian border.
West Wimmera Groundwater Management Area (GMA)
The West Wimmera GMA spreads west of the Wimmera River to the South Australian border, and north to the Big Desert.
Any groundwater trading outside of these specific areas is considered a new licence assessment and requires an application for a groundwater licence.
Apply for a groundwater bore
If you're planning to construct or alter a groundwater bore, you need to apply for a licence before you can start works.
Apply for a 'take and use' groundwater licence
To use groundwater for irrigation or other commercial purposes, you must have a ‘take and use’ licence.
We monitor groundwater across our region in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
- The DELWP records information on all registered groundwater bores (including bore construction details, groundwater level and water quality.
- Specific bores are monitored monthly or quarterly throughout our region collecting data on groundwater levels.
- This information is then uploaded to DELWP's Water Management Information System.
For more information on groundwater monitoring, get in touch and ask for our Water Resources Division.
Further information about groundwater...
Groundwater is an important part of Victoria's water supply, comprising approximately 15 per cent of the state's total water use.
An online map that combines groundwater data from various sources to assist researchers and water managers make decisions for the sustainable use of precious groundwater resources.
The National Atlas of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems presents the current knowledge of groundwater dependent ecosystems across Australia.