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THE McLaren Vale Groundwater Telemetry Pilot Project is a grower driven initiative and a world leading development which recognises an important need to have a more complete understanding of the Willunga Basin groundwater resource.

Growers, irrigators and the community recognise water resources as a crucial part of their livelihoods and this project is way to maximise and manage its longevity.

The project also addresses the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association’s (MVGWT) mission to preserve, protect and promote the McLaren Vale region.

The MVGWTA Water Group has developed a pilot project with the support of seven key grower/irrigators in the McLaren Vale region, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board (AMLRNRMB) and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training at Flinders University.

This collaboration has helped facilitate and fund the pilot project to install a monitoring system to record and display in “real time” key aquifer information including water level, salinity and actual bore meter readings.

The key outcomes from the project will be a better understanding of the dynamics of the Willunga Basin’s aquifers which include the Port Willunga, Maslin Sands and Fractured rock aquifers; streamlining temporary water transfers in the region, helping to monitor salinity on a continuous basis and providing growers with meter readings at their fingertips via the Internet.

The automatic monitoring of bores will enable growers to make prompt management decisions, provide a better understanding of their own bore systems and the whole of McLaren Vale’s groundwater resources.

In addition,the information collected will be an important addition to the Willunga Basin Aquifer bore network established by the Flinders University’s National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

MVGWT’s vision and hope is that once the pilot project is up and running, by the next irrigation season the interest in the project and its findings will grow such that it will be expanded and used as an example for other regions to employ.

For more information please contact the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association (MVGWTA) Water Group:

Belinda Bramley – 0417 709 424

Michael Paxton – 0408 807 571

Sami Gilligan – 0417 837 829

Derek Cameron – 0400 824 287