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Groundwater use across Southern Victoria

Groundwater use across Southern Victoria

The availability of other water sources and the geology affect groundwater use across Southern Victoria. 

Gippsland

In Gippsland large river systems and water storages provide an abundance of good quality water so groundwater is usually a back-up supply for agribusiness and drinking water.  In contrast, the power industry is a dominant presence in the region and relies heavily on groundwater.  To see where groundwater is used in Gippsland visit the Gippsland region map page. You can find out interesting information by clicking on the licence points. To read about groundwater use in Gippsland visit our Groundwater use in Gippsland page.

Port Phillip & Western Port

Groundwater use in the Port Phillip & Western Port region is significantly lower than other regions because of its geology and the dominance of the heavily urbanised area with access to reticulated (or mains) water supply. To see where groundwater is used in Port Phillip & Western Port visit our Port Phillip & Western Port region map page. You can find out interesting information by clicking on the licence points. To read about groundwater use in Port Phillip & Western Port visit our Groundwater use in Port Phillip & Western Port page.

South West

The South West region relies most heavily on groundwater for agribusiness, domestic & stock and urban drinking water supply because there is limited access to other alternatives such as major rivers and water storages (dams).  To see where groundwater is used in the South West visit our South West region map page. You can find out interesting information by clicking on the licence points. To read about groundwater use in the South West visit our Groundwater use in the South West page.

New allocations

There is not a lot of potential for new allocations in current management units.  If you are looking to expand your business or start a new enterprise it is likely you will need to trade.  In large deep aquifers such as the Dilwyn or Werribee formations new allocation may be available in the future.

Learn the basics

For background information on the different types of groundwater users visit our Who uses groundwater page.

For information about how much groundwater is estimated to be stored in each area visit our How much groundwater is there page.

For more information about how you can access groundwater visit our Get a licence page.

Page last updated28th April 2015
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