BACKGROUND BRIEFING: The Great Artesian Basin – the next water crisis?

As concern grows about how to share around Australia’s dwindling water supply, and how much to invest in engineering solutions like recycling and desalination, are we paying enough attention to the water we can’t see?

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is the only source of water for inland mining, tourism and grazing in four states. It’s already heavily used, and as water sources elsewhere dry up it’s bound to become more in demand. Recently after rejecting the recycled water option, Toowoomba became the first Australian city to draw water from the GAB and experts foresee increasing pressure on the Basin.    See discussion papers – link below

See also: The Stolen Water