Agricultural and Industrial Water Supplies
Traditional hydrogeological methods are generally employed to identify and assess the performance of groundwater supply options for most agriculture and mining. However, the assessment of potential constraints to groundwater pumping such as water quality, inter-aquifer leakage and impacts to existing users including groundwater dependent ecosystems, requires more specialised methods.
While IGS commonly applies traditional methods to solve everyday problems, we also have specialist technical skills and expertise that utilise environmental tracers and various modelling approaches to assess groundwater flow paths and residence times, inter-aquifer leakage, and the level of groundwater dependence for aquatic ecosystems. These techniques can be applied to ensure that water supply objectives are met and potential constraints are identified and managed accordingly.
IGS is currently working with the wine industry in the Coonawarra region to identify the causes of iron bacteria clogging in irrigation infrastructure, and to evaluate appropriate control strategies.