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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.


Water Quality Testing in New Bores

A Works Licence requires a groundwater sample to be collected from all new bores (by your driller). This sample is tested for:

  • Salinity or EC
  • pH
  • Sodium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Nitrite/Nitrate

The results are entered into a state-wide database called the Groundwater Management System (GMS). This provides the state with important groundwater quality information.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries can provide general water quality advice.

For an in-depth analysis of your results, please contact:


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.

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