A publication containing more than 500 references about Western Australia's groundwater resources has been released by the Department of Minerals and Energy.
It lists references ranging from an 1885 report outlining the probability of water supplies from artesian bores around Perth, through to information about groundwater in the southern Perth basin.
The publication also discusses:
· the Eastern Goldfields where supplies of saline groundwater have been identified for use in the mining industry for carbon-in-pulp processes;
· the Collie Basin where supplies of groundwater have been identified for power generation purposes, and
· the Port Hedland area, where big, undeveloped supplies of groundwater in the Canning Basin have been identified as a possible supplementary source for the town water supply.
Mines Minister Gordon Hill said the availability of water was a key to the future development of the State, not least in the mining and pastoral industries.
The report was prepared by the department's Geological Survey of WA.
Copies of the document are available from the Mining Information Centre, 1st Floor, Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth. Further details can be obtained by telephoning (09) 222 3626.