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Waterloo Station : a report for the station manager



Waterloo Station : a report for the station manager

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R. Sanders and L.R. Rajaratnam; Water Resources Survey of the Western Victoria River District. Waterloo Station. A Guide for Water Resources Management.


Sanders, R.; National Landcare Program (Australia); Rajaratnam, L. R. (Lakshman); Northern Territory. Power and Water Authority. Water Resources Division


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report No ; 24/1994




Waterloo Station


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Date:1995; On cover 'National Landcare Program'. Cover title: Water resources of Waterloo Station. Bibliography: leaf [10]




Groundwater -- Northern Territory -- Waterloo Station; Water-supply -- Northern Territory -- Waterloo Station; Water resources development -- Northern Territory -- Waterloo Station


Report No ; 24/1994


[15] leaves : illustrations (some colour) and maps (1 colour) ; 30 cm.

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The storage capacity of a well confined waterhole with high banks could be increased by construction of a bund at its downstream end. 4.10 Turkey Nests Turkey nests are required as a balancing reservoir between the tank and stock watering troughs. Design and construction details for turkey nests providing 3 days' water for various stocking rates are given in Appendix 5. 4.11 Pumping Equipment The basic equipment to transfer water from an excavated storage tank to a turkey nest is a pump, with a choice of three energy sources, diesel, wind or solar. The initial cost of a windmill or solar powered pump is high but running costs are low. The low cost and availability of a relatively cheap diesel motor and centrifugal pump makes this the preferred option even though running costs are high. The advantages are mobility and ease of maintenance. 5. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE WA1hR RESOURCE The provision of reliable water supplies with a maximum grazing radius of 3 to 4 km throughout the good pasture country of Waterloo (mainly the basalt and the West Baines floodplains areas) should be a priority in future management plans for the station. The water resources development map should be used to determine the type of water supply most appropriate to a specific area on Waterloo Station. In areas where alternative options are available economics will normally determine the final development type selected. Most of the grazing country in the basalt areas has good groundwater potential, and stock water supply development in these areas should focus on the drilling of well sited bores. Similarly good bores should be available in the Jasper Gorge Sandstone country of Horse Creek, although the grazing potential is not high. The piping of water from proven springs, or the construction of excavated tanks, situated away from the main flow channels and harvesting sheet flow runoff, should be considered in the lower floodplains of the West Baines River, where groundwater is generally not available because of the poor aquifer potential of the underlying Angalarri Siltstone. Likely springs should be observed over at least one dry season to ensure reliability. Gully dams require a high standard of design and construction in hard rock areas such as Waterloo. The cost of doing this for stockwater is excessive when compared with bore supplies, but may be reasonable for irrigation water. The specialist advice of a geotechnical