Licensing for the Border Groundwaters Agreement

The Agreement sets out the licensing arrangements in regards to how much water can be taken from the various aquifers across the designated area, as well as when applications for a license or permit to drill a bore within a zone must be referred to the Border Groundwaters Agreement Review Committee for approval.

The actual allocation of water is the responsibility of the licensing authorities in each state in accordance with the relevant groundwater management plan or water allocation plan prepared under the respective states' legislation.

Refer to the tables below for the licensing arrangements as at 30 June 2012.

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Permissible Annual Volume

The volume of groundwater that can be allocated from each aquifer within each of the management zones is called the Permissible Annual Volume.

The Permissible Annual Volume at 30 June 2012 is shown in the table below.

South Australia Victoria
Permissible Annual Volume
(ML/y)
Zone Zone
Permissible Annual Volume
(ML/y)
Tertiary Limestone Aquifer Tertiary
Confined
Sand Aquifer
Pliocene Sands Aquifer Tertiary Limestone Aquifer Tertiary
Confined
Sand Aquifer
Pliocene Sands Aquifer
3,700 0 2,144 11A 11B 1,823 0 na
14,000 320 na 10A 10B 6,720 560 na
11,944 570 na 9A 9B 5,960 630 na
5,663 340 na 8A 8B 3,500 330 na
8,803 350 na 7A 7B 5,782 350 na
8,758 360 na 6A 6B 10,811 360 na
18,943 540 na 5A 5B 12,201 370 na
22,102 710 na 4A 4B 14,000 300 na
24,054 1,900 na 3A 3B 16,500 1,000 na
25,000 2,900 na 2A 2B 25,000 5,100 na
31,812 9,200 na 1A 1B 45,720 14,500 na

Sub – zone Allowable Annual Volume

South Australia
Allowable Annual Volumes
Tertiary Limestone
Aquifer (ML/y)
     Sub-zone    
2,400 9A North
8,109 9A South
4,658 6A South
12,507 1A South

Permissible Distance

Permissible Distance is a distance from the border for each aquifer within a zone where an application for a water licence or a permit to drill a bore, must be referred to Border Groundwaters Agreement Review Committee for approval. This is to ensure that the application would not adversely impact groundwater users in the other state.

The following table provides the applicable values at 30 June 2012.

South Australia Victoria
Tertiary
Confined
Sand
Aquifer

Distance (km)
Tertiary
Limestone
Aquifer

Distance (km)
Zone Zone
Tertiary
Limestone
Aquifer

Distance (km)
Tertiary
 Confined
Sand
Aquifer

Distance (km)
3 3 11A 11B 3 3
3 3 10A 10B 3 3
3 1 9A 9B 1 3
3 1 8A 8B 1 3
3 1 7A 7B 1 3
3 1 6A 6B 1 3
3 1 5A 5B 1 3
3 1 4A 4B 1 3
3 1 3A 3B 1 3
3 1 2A 2B 1 3
3 1 1A 1B 1 3

Permissible Potentiometric Surface Lowering

Permissible Potentiometric Surface Lowering is a rate of draw down for each zone that must not be exceeded.

The following table provides the applicable values at 30 June 2012.

South Australia Victoria
Rate
(m/y)
Zone Zone
Rate
(m/y)
0.65 11A 11B 0.65
0.65 10A 10B 0.65
0.65 9A 9B 0.65
0.05 8A 8B 0.65
0.05 7A 7B 0.05
0.20
Sub-zone
6A North
6B 0.20
0.20
Sub-zone
6A South
0.20 5A 5B 0.20
0.25 4A 4B 0.25
0.25 3A 3B 0.25
0.25 2A 2B 0.25
0.25 1A 1B 0.25

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