Who manages groundwater?
Who manages Victoria’s groundwater and how do they do it?
This infographic tells the story of how groundwater is regulated, who the key organisations are and what responsibilities they have as well as describing how Southern Rural Water manage groundwater use at the local or individual scale.
To find out more about how groundwater is managed visit our How is groundwater managed page.
Why is it managed?
Groundwater is a valuable resource because it is generally a very reliable source of water that persists during dry periods when streams can run dry. It is also a much less expensive option than building large dams. Its reliability also makes it important for some ecosystems that depend on it during dry periods.
Appropriate management protects
- Poor bore construction may result in groundwater becoming contaminated
- Over-extraction may result in land subsidence and stream flows becoming depleted
- Interference between neighbouring bores or regional drawdown of water levels may result in bores running dry
Appropriate land use management is also important to prevent groundwater from pollution and interception of water.