Our Valuable Resource
Groundwater is a very important resource in Western Australia and Mandurah.
Groundwater is water found below the earth’s surface and is stored in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rocks.
Most groundwater comes from rain that has soaked through the ground and has gathered over many thousands of years.
Managing groundwater is crucial to protecting the environment and is vital to preserving our beautiful City for generations to come.
Maintaining Mandurah’s 240 parks and reserves is serious business for the City of Mandurah, as mismanagement of groundwater will affect our ability to provide quality public open space areas for the community and puts a strain on ecosystems such as wetlands and springs.
Collaboration with other Government Departments
The City works with the Department of Water, who is responsible for determining how much groundwater the City can safely extract without causing harm to the environment.
To effectively and sustainably manage our Groundwater use, the City of Mandurah has developed strategies and plans to include the Water Conservation Plan and Groundwater Operating Strategy
to help improve groundwater management:
Groundwater Inventory and Monitoring
The City has undertaken an inventory of its groundwater assets and has begun extensive monitoring of groundwater extraction and water quality.
A number of strategies have been developed to enable the City to manage its groundwater use.
Installation of meters on bores
Monitoring groundwater use
Hydrozoning – the setup of irrigation to allow for different zones of a park or reserve to receive different amounts of water based on their type of use and turf requirements
Use of alternative water sources such as treated wastewater on our Public Open Spaces such as Ocean Road, Meadow Springs and Merlin sporting ovals.