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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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waterholes, if these are available, is the preferred water supply alternative in areas where groundwater is not readily available (Zones 1, 2 and 7 on the Water Resources Development Map). However this should only be undertaken after monitoring of the springf low for at least one Wet - Dry cycle to determine reliability. Where groundwater or reliable springs are not available in Zones 1 and 2 the conservation of wet season runoff using offstream excavated tanks (including excavated hillside storages where there is some slope to the ground surface) is possible. Sites for these are mainly limited to areas in the lower West Baines - Horse Creek catchments underlain by Angalarri Siltstone. Onstream and off creek tanks may also be utilised, but are not recommended. Sites for offstream storages should be selected in areas with some slope, say about 1%, to allow bunds constructed from excavated material to add to the storage volume of the tanks, thus minimising excavation. For general stock water supplies gully dams are not recommended because of the expense of design and construction work in hard rock areas. Construction of such dams for irrigation purposes requires a site study, preferably with input from a geotechnical and/or civil engineeer. Site investigations (Appendix 4) are an essential prerequisite for any construction work. For excavated tanks sites selected on the Ivanhoe and Wave Hill land units (shown on the Land System and Land Unit map) are preferable, but still require detailed investigation. Sites encountering rippable shale should not have leakage problems but excavation costs may be significantly higher. Construction techniques must take into account any problems found in site investigations, eg. a compacted clay liner may be required where leakage is anticipated. 6. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The officers of the Water Resources Division involved in this survey would like to thank John and Mary Quintana of Waterloo Station for their hospitality and assistance during the study. Also Mr Ian Sweet of AGSO who undertook the original geological mapping of the area in the 1960s and 1970s, for his input in supplying his geological compilation maps to assist in the production of the hydrogeological map included with this report. The guidance of Mr Peter Jolly throughout the survey has been much appreciated, as has the efforts of the drafting and GIS staff, namely Lynton Fritz and Jeff Fong, who produced the maps and figures associated with the reports.