Northern Rivers Water Extraction Inquiry

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

The review 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 is expected to provide his initial report by early February 2019, with a final report to be published in mid-2019.

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