Groundwater update: What is going on with our groundwater?
What is the environmental impact of our current rate of groundwater abstraction in the borehole industry? Simply put, we just don't have enough data or research about our groundwater resources. However, whilst there is no doubt that we can do things better to lessen our footprint a review of groundwater use in this province has concluded a very small
and insignificant environmental impact. Whilst groundwater levels display minor seasonal fluctuations, currently there is no evidence of any drought related significant dewatering.
However, going forward, groundwater and drilling industries should direct their focus on the widespread monitoring of groundwater over the next two years. This will allow us to get a real sense of how these levels respond to rainfall recharge and borehole abstraction. Read more by Roger Parsons of the Daily Maverick...