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Forms - Groundwater
Take and use domestic and stock water from a bore (PDF 144 Kb)
New or amended groundwater licence (PDF 167 Kb)
Temporary or permanent water transfer (PDF 222 Kb)
Dispose of matter through means of a bore (PDF 220 Kb)
Surrender a groundwater licence (PDF 144 Kb)
Renew your groundwater licence (PDF 144 Kb)
Transfer licence ownership on sale of land (PDF 152 Kb)
Application to amalgamate (PDF 174 Kb)
Forms - Bores
Will Your Bore Water be Contaminated?
Many areas around Victoria but mainly metropolitan Melbourne have been identified as having polluted groundwater. Use the EPA search tool to identify any Groundwater Quality Restricted Use Zones (GQRUZ) near your address. If your address is near a GQRUZ, the EPA tool will advise what the water can be used for. You are responsible for ensuring that groundwater you use is suitable for its purpose and for treating the water if necessary. Also, the EPA also has a Priority Sites Register which lists sites where a ‘Clean Up’ notice or ‘Pollution Abatement’ notice has been issued. All questions regarding information at these sites should be directed to the EPA on 1300 372 842.
If You Are in an Area Serviced by Septic Systems, Groundwater Pollution Must Also be Considered.
Groundwater pollution from septic tanks may occur in unsewered areas. Investigations have found bacteria and nitrate contamination in aquifers that are used for groundwater extraction by private bore owners. New bores may need to be placed away from any treatment systems. Please read our fact sheet, Constructing a bore, or contact your local council for information on placement of a bore on your property.
Testing of Water Quality
Bore water should be tested to make sure its suitable for its intended use.
Advice can be found at: The Department of Health - if the water is for drinking or growing food at home.
Are You Planning on Constructing a Bore Near Any of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project sites?
If you are planning on constructing a bore along the route or near any of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, please refer to the Melbourne Metro Rail Project web site http://mmrailproject.vic.gov.au/ to obtain information about their planned drilling and monitoring programs in your area. Questions about groundwater and the MM Rail Project should be directed to 1800 551 927.
Forms - Rivers and Creeks
Forms - Private Dams
Irrigation Districts Forms
Drainage Diversion Agreements and Private Works
For a new drainage diversion agreement to transfer or renew you existing one contact us.
Please Note: We are unable to change your address in any of our systems unless this form has been completed, signed and returned to Southern Rural Water.