UWA Environment Seminar – Is South Australia so much better than Western Australia at Managed Aquifer Recharge?

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Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is a tool to facilitate integrated water management solutions to address the challenges of water supply and management, to support community liveability goals, agriculture, industry and tourism and buffer the effects of increasing seasonal variations associated with climate change. South Australia is a global leader in the adoption of MAR applications despite significant regulatory challenges and poor target aquifers. Stormwater aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) for non-potable urban water use was first trialled at Andrews Farm, South Australia in the early 1990s. There are now over 60 operational MAR schemes comprising more than 200 recharge and recovery bores with a design capacity to harvest and store 22 gigalitres of urban stormwater runoff. Integrating treated wastewater with stormwater MAR the potential to achive a target of 60 GL/yr by 2050.

About the presenter

Russell Martin, Principal Hydrogeologist at Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec

Russell is a hydrogeologist with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sector and is a leading technical expert, nationally and internationally, in the specialised field of managed aquifer recharge (UWA).

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