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Groundwater Quality

Southern Rural Water monitors groundwater quality in two ways; through mandatory testing of water samples from all new bores, and periodic sampling of observation bores and other private bores.
Periodic sampling
In areas where the management of groundwater is more intensive, we monitor groundwater quality – most commonly, salinity or EC.

Samples are usually taken from the State Observation Bore Network (SOBN) but we may also use private bores.

Historic pollution
EPA Victoria has made existing information about groundwater quality easier to find via an interactive web tool on its website.

You can easily search a map of Victoria to find where a ‘groundwater quality restricted use zone’ is.
These are areas where there has been historic groundwater pollution as a result of previous industrial activity.

For more information visit its website.

Don’t drink the water

Water taken from groundwater resources managed by us is untreated water for domestic & stock or irrigation use only. It should not be used for human consumption without first being properly treated.
For information about using groundwater in the home, please contact the Department of Health on 1300 761 874 or visit their website.

Southern Rural Water acknowledges and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waters on which we work and live, and we respect their deep and ongoing connection to Country. For more about the First Nations peoples on whose Country we work, click here.