This project investigates potential groundwater contamination causes, pathways and vulnerability to understand onshore gas water quality impacts for south east South Australia.

The research achieves a realistic quantification of groundwater contamination risks in gas development areas in south east South Australia, providing improved knowledge for regulators, industry and community.

Reports and papers

Groundwater contamination risks from conventional gas in the southeast SA PDF 3 MB

This study considered three plausible contamination scenarios and for each scenario, water flow and solute transport modelling estimated peak concentrations at risk receptors (i.e. nearby groundwater bores). Results showed that it is very unlikely that plausible contamination events would result in high contaminant concentrations at groundwater receptors in the vicinity of the gas development considered in this study, due to dilution rates over distance to receptor sites and solute degradation within soils and aquifers.

Final report, May 2020


Groundwater contamination risks: Causal pathways and modelling analysis PDF 3 MB

Presentation to the South Australian Knowledge Transfer Session held in Brisbane via video conference in March 2020.

Presentation, March 2020

Project progress

This project is approximately 85%  complete.

Project proposal PDF 875 KB

Project Order, July 2018

Progress report PDF 694 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, September 2019.

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