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Last updated: February 2022


We’re looking for a long term alternative for the current water supply in Briagolong. After years of drought, the Wa De Lock Aquifier which currently supplies the town, became too low in January 2020 and water restrictions were briefly introduced.

At the time we consulted the community about introducing the restrictions, and the options to address the water supply issue in the long term. The community confirmed a preference to investigate a new, deeper bore targeting a lower aquifer – and this is the option we have pursued.

In February 2021, we drilled an exploratory bore in the deeper Rosedale Aquifer. Pumping and water quality tests were conducted in June.

What we’re doing now

Our exploratory bore has indicated the deeper ground water resource is a viable option and we’ve progressed to the planning phase.

This phase, which is still underway, includes identifying the water treatment requirements and functional design for a production bore. We also need to commercially acquire a groundwater entitlement.

We have applied to Southern Rural Water (SRW) to construct a new production bore and access up to 120 megalitres per year of groundwater for town supply purposes. This was advertised by SRW with a closing date for public comment of 15 February 2022.

Next steps

In the coming months we’ll contact bore owners near the Briagolong water treatment plant plant to understand any impacts the new bore could have on neighbouring bores.

The new bore could be operational in late 2022 or 2023 pending further investigations, SRW approvals and construction works at the water treatment plant that supplies the town.

Water outlook for this summer

The good rains over recent seasons mean the current Wa De Lock aquifer is well stocked. We’re confident it will meet water demand for the town this summer.

if you’d like more information on Briagolong's water supply call Jolyon Taylor, Senior Water Resources Engineer, on 1800 050 500.

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