Declaration of End of Unrestricted Pumping Gascoyne River irrigators
Released 01 Mar 2012
The Department of Water has declared the end of unrestricted pumping from the Riverbed Sands aquifer as of today 1 March 2012.
Unrestricted pumping was declared for the month of February to allow a larger volume of water to be used for horticulture production while assisting aquifer replenishment from the fresh water flowing in the Gascoyne River.
The department has since monitored the flow and water quality of the river and made a decision that it is no longer suitable or beneficial to aquifer replenishment for unrestricted pumping to continue.
"The water salinity of the current flow has now reached 1100mg/l total dissolved solids (TDS)," Midwest Gascoyne region manager Adam Maskew said.
"Flows have also considerably diminished. Under these conditions, the department has declared the end of unrestricted pumping as from the 1 March 2012. "
Growers are reminded that water taken from 1 March 2012 will be as per conditions of their groundwater licence:
- maximum take of 10,000kL per month
- maximum water salinity of 1000mg/l TDS
The department will continue to monitor water take and salinity levels in sub
area A of the Carnarvon horticultural district.
Growers are encouraged to contact the regional office in Carnarvon on (08)99416100 if they require clarification regarding this declaration or the terms and conditions of their licence.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 or 0434 603 441