New Eyre Peninsula groundwater wells to be drilled

DRILL: New groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled. Photo: supplied
DRILL: New groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled. Photo: supplied

New groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled across Eyre Peninsula in an effort to further monitor salinity trends across the region.

The Department for Environment and Water is planning to drill 23 new wells to monitor Eyre Peninsula groundwater in June and July.

The new wells will monitor the Polda and Bramfield groundwater resources within the Musgrave Prescribed Wells Area with work to begin next month.

Department water science and monitoring director Neil Power said these wells would replace 23 monitoring wells drilled between the 1960s and 1980s that were being decommissioned.

"These new monitoring wells will add to our ability to monitor salinity trends and will also increase our understanding of the relationship between the fresher Quaternary Limestone aquifer and the brackish Tertiary Sand aquifer," he said.

The department is the lead agency for water resources management in the state and does regular monitoring of groundwater resources.