For those that heard Phil’s fascinating talk at DIG on the first of February there was a lot to take in and ponder. Some observations:
- There is a lot of water passing our town underneath the Loddon River in the Guildford Deep Lead……albeit slowly!
- The depth of the aquifer ranges from about 15 metres to around 100 metres below ground surface.
- That the water in the system is quite good quality – certainly for keeping plants and grass alive.
- That there may be ~ 100 Megalitres per kilometre of aquifer length.
- That any extraction from the system should be carefully monitored over time.
Some questions still remain for discussion and consideration.
- Is it possible and sensible to extract water from the aquifer?
- What would be the sustainable annual extraction?
- How would we as a community agree on a process for allocating this water?
As we face an uncertain water future it seems reasonable to start a discussion about how Newstead as a community might tackle these and other questions.
Can we develop a WATER PLAN for our town?