Groundwater website introduced

By Country News on January 20, 2016

Please enter your text hereSouthern Rural Water has launched a new website which forms a hub for all things groundwater in southern Victoria.

The Groundwater Hub of Southern Victoria ( gives visitors the capacity to explore groundwater information in their local area via interactive maps, as well as clear and easy-to-understand information about the ways groundwater is used and managed across southern Victoria.

The hub was launched by Professor John Thwaites of Monash University and ClimateWorks Australia. He is also a former water minister.

“Groundwater is a valuable resource, but its great potential is hidden,” he said. 

“Across the globe, about 30 per cent of fresh water is underground, compared to less than one per cent flowing in rivers and streams.

“Currently, less than one per cent of usable groundwater is taken in southern Victoria.

“Groundwater contributes about $275 million to Victoria’s economy every year. 

“It’s used for a wide range of purposes and many ecosystems also rely on it to stay healthy and survive including rivers, streams, wetlands, plants and caves.

Southern Rural Water managing director Clinton Rodda said the hub had been developed to provide people with a “one stop shop” when it came to southern Victoria’s groundwater.

“It provides a central place for anyone interested in groundwater for any reason – whether for a licence, for environmental interest, for research – to find information 24 hours a day,” Mr Rodda said.

“You’ll also find some great graphics that provide simple information about complex issues, like who manages groundwater, and how much groundwater southern Victoria actually has.”

For more information, contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510 or visit

By Country News on January 20, 2016

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