Great Artesian Basin

The Great Artesian Basin is one of the largest underground freshwater resources in the world. It lies below 25 per cent of NSW supporting a population of over 200,000.

There are 1,400 bores tapping the Great Artesian Basin across NSW. Natural pressure across the basin has significantly declined due to overuse. Nearly half the bores have stopped flowing, reducing landholder access to water.

Over many years the NSW government has been partnering with landholders across western NSW through the Cap and Pipe the Bores Project to rehabilitate the Great Artesian Basin.

Read more about the project in this section.

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    Draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2018

    The draft Strategic Management Plan 2018 builds on the objectives, outcomes and activities of the previous plan, and will set the future vision for the basin.

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    Cap & Pipe the Bores Program

    The Cap and Pipe the Bores program provides financial incentives to landholders to rehabilitate bores and install efficient piped water schemes.