Bottled water review

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is conducting an independent review into the impacts of the bottled water industry on groundwater sources in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

The independent review's final report will include advice on sustainable groundwater extraction limits in the region, as well as advice on whether the current or proposed groundwater monitoring bores are sufficient.

The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR), the independent water compliance authority, has investigated four water extraction operators in the Tweed catchment.

The NRAR required three of the four plant operators to install accredited water meters on each of their extraction bores by later this month. The fourth plant was found to have adequately monitored its individual extraction bores. NRAR will continue to monitor water take activities on the north coast.

The Chief Scientist & Engineer has now provided his initial report. The final report to be published in mid-2019.

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