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Alice Springs town basin, review 2003



Alice Springs town basin, review 2003


Read, R. E.


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report ; no. 42/2003




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registered in the Water Resources system until years after they had been drilled, and only a small number of analyses were filed in the bore folders. Summaries of the historic production bores are in Table 10 . Quinlan and Woolley (1969) note that some bores suffered from aquifer collapse as water levels fell, and six replacement bores had to be drilled after 1959. G. Ride (pers. comm.) provided the following information. The (post 1959) drilling was designed to spread the bores and replace wells with bores. Also there was a problem in the Inner Farm area when one of the town supply bores de-watered one of the shallow aquifers. Some of the historic bores clearly show the degradation of water quality in the aquifer. Few of them could now be used for potable water supply. By pumping saline water it may be possible to restore Available data on the changes in salinity of production bores is in Table 11 . 7376000 7377000 7378000 7379000 7380000 383000 384000 385000 386000 387000 RN002643 RN002669 RN002678 RN002680 RN003041 RN003095 RN006547 RN006781 RN007506 RN010990 RN011149 RN011176 RN005808 RN015211 RN013860 RN006105 RN014095 RN014407 RN016356 RN015904 RN002875 RN015761 RN014433 RN015099 RN014839 RN006782 RN002677 RN006823 RN006817 RN006518 RN006783 RN015760 Production Bores Power Water Production Bore, private Production Bore, private, dis-used Historic Production Bores Figure 30 Location of Production bores (See Tables 7 & 8 for bore names) 47

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