Why is bore water being prohibited?

Beverley and some of the surrounding suburbs have a commercial, industrial and manufacturing history, with some past chemical disposal and handling practices having contaminated the groundwater.

This is the ninth groundwater prohibition area established across metropolitan Adelaide to date.

If contaminated groundwater is a risk to human health, the EPA has the ability under the Environment Protection Act 1993 to establish a groundwater prohibition area. When a GPA is established both current and future landholders will not be able to access the groundwater.

Groundwater (bore water) in the upper 3 aquifers (0–45 m below ground level) is known to be contaminated. Deeper aquifers used by schools and councils are not known to be contaminated and are not impacted by the ban.

Health problems can occur if people come into contact with the contaminated water over a long period of time. The contamination presents a potential risk to human health if groundwater is utilised for drinking, showering, washing, filling swimming pools, watering lawns or irrigating edible produce.

Preventing the extraction of contaminated groundwater is necessary to protect human health and prevent the spread of contamination. The purpose is to protect both current and future landholders from accessing the contaminated groundwater.

Consultation has concluded

<span class="translation_missing" title="translation missing: en.projects.blog_posts.show.load_comment_text">Load Comment Text</span>