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Crumbling bores 'jeopardise nation's water'

Crumbling bores 'jeopardise nation's water'

Media by National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training           

Fifteen thousand collapsing bores – and a half-billion dollar repair bill – are endangering the future of Australia’s largest and most precious resource, its groundwater.

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training is an Australian Government initiative, supported by the Australian Research Council and the National Water Commission.      

Australian homes, towns, cities, farmers and miners will rely increasingly on underground water as our population grows, surface water supplies dwindle, and as droughts multiply under a warming climate, the Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), Professor Craig Simmons, said today.

"Groundwater accounts for about 90 per cent of Australia's total fresh water reserves – only a fraction is in rivers, lakes and dams on the surface," he says. "Currently it supplies 30 per cent of our daily water needs – and will be called on a lot more in future. It's vital for water supplies, agriculture, industry, mining and the environment."


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