Original Published Date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Media issued by The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training         
Scientists at the NCGRT have discovered huge reserves of freshwater kilometres out to the sea, providing new opportunities to stave off a looming global water crisis. Their work has revealed an estimated half a million cubic kilometres of low-salinity water is buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world. There are ways to access this water: to build a platform out at sea and drill into the seabed, or drill from the mainland or islands close to the aquifers. The NCGRT is jointly funded by the ARC and the National Water Commission (NWC).