Water information conversion
Released 06 Jul 2015
The Water conversion project is enabling public online access to a wide range of hydrogeological information state-wide.
A key component of the Water for Food program is the conversion of a wide range of hard copy hydrogeological information into a digital format.
It is estimated there are up to 10,000 hard copy hydrogeological reports containing water data to be electronically captured, spanning from the 1950's to the current day with information on potentially 100 000 bores across Western Australia.
The digital data will be made available online to private sector investors and growers – vastly reducing the need for expensive water investigations in areas where comprehensive data already exists.
To date, the project team has assessed over 800 reports in the Kimberley and Midlands regions. There were 3,316 bores located during the assessment process - 1,465 existing sites and 1,851 new ones.
As these reports are held in hard copy archival records systems, the information is currently not available to the private sector or to other agencies.
Department of Water officers are geo-locating these reports to make location, construction, lithology, pump test and field sample information readily available and spatially searchable for external clients.
Once digitised, the information will provide base information for water resource investigations and assessments to underpin future agricultural developments.
The range of benefits of using existing data rather than drilling new bores include minimising the disturbance to the land, reduction in the need to obtain Aboriginal and Native Title clearing permits and a vast reduction in the associated capital costs.
The information will also be used to support the design and alignment of road, rail and pipeline infrastructure where applicable.
Find out more about the Water Information Conversion project.
Contact: Darren O'Malley
Phone: (08) 6364 7109 / 0438 025 942