Last updated: February 2021
In January and February 2020, Briagolong was placed under stage two water restrictions, following three years of drought.
The Briagolong reticulated town water supply system gets its water solely from two shallow bores in the Wa De Lock Aquifer, north of the town. The aquifer is relatively shallow and interacts strongly with Freestone Creek. Levels respond quickly to drought and rain.
Historically the aquifer has been a reliable source of water. However, due to record low rainfall during 2017 to 2019, we’re investigating a more reliable long‑term solution.
Over two community meetings and in discussions with community members in the summer of 2019-20, residents confirmed a preference for a new and deeper bore targeting a lower aquifer. In November 2020, we updated the community on our assessment of a range options, noting the most promising option is to construct a new bore into the deeper aquifer.
Following our assessments, we have commenced drilling an observation bore at the Briagolong Water Treatment Plant, in February 2021.
We’ll use it to investigate the aquifer structure, groundwater level, yield, and water quality. We’ll also assess how it affects surrounding
bores to ensure there are no substantial negative impacts on other groundwater users. The results from these investigations will help us
understand whether the location is suitable for providing a long-term reliable water source of the Briagolong community.
We expect to have yield and water quality results from the observation bore by the end of June 2021. We’ll seek to secure a water entitlement in the deeper aquifer, and plan for a production bore, in anticipation of favourable results.
We’ll keep you updated on our findings.
If you have a bore in the deeper aquifer near the Water
Treatment Plant (33-36 McMillan Street), or if you’d like more information call
Jolyon Taylor, Senior Water Resources Engineer, on 1800 050 500.