Groundwater

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Policy report

Make every drop count, and count every drop: vanishing groundwater needs proper monitoring and management

Australia spends billions of dollars on social programmes, which will be wasted if we run out of drinkable water. This report argues that groundwater is a key part of the overall system and needs to be studied deeply to properly manage a sustainable future for...
Briefing paper

Foot off the gas: how a gas-led recovery will impact Australian farmers

This paper argues that evidence-based planning for state-significant developments, such as gas mines, should balance the trade-offs between short-term economic gains and the long-term solutions for food security and ecosystem services that agriculture provides.
Report

Global water supply and demand trends point towards rising water insecurity

This report argues that water conservation is the best option to reduce rising water stress, but is not viable in many instances. Other options, such as desalination, managed aquifer recharge and water recycling could reduce pressure on water sources, but are unlikely to prevent an...
Working paper

Financial implications of parched power: insights from an analysis of Indian thermal power companies

This paper has global implications for investors in the thermal power sector. Although it focuses on a small subset of Indian thermal power companies, the analysis suggests that other thermal power companies in drought-prone areas, like Australia, could also have exposure to water-shortage risks.
Technical report

Natural Infrastructure for Aquifer Recharge Financial Calculator: method, data and assumptions

The Natural Infrastructure for Aquifer Recharge Financial Calculator, is an excel based tool with a flexible financial model that estimates the private costs and benefits, including the return on investment (ROI), of natural infrastructure interventions designed to enhance aquifer recharge. This calculator was designed to...
Report

Quality unknown: the invisible water crisis

This report shows how poor water quality stalls economic progress, stymies human potential, and reduces food production. The report calls for a paradigm shift that emphasizes safer, and often more cost-effective remedies that prevent pollution by combining smarter policies with newer technologies.
Report

Beneath the surface: the state of the world’s water 2019

This report reveals the countries where the most people live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning customer demands jeopardise water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is...
Report

Climate change and water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Climate change poses a major threat to the watersheds of the Hindu Kush region of the Himalayas (HKH). Increasing temperatures are likely to exacerbate existing trends, which cause low water levels in the summer and floods in the winter.
Literature review

The impact of urbanisation and stormwater management practices on water balances and nutrient pathways in areas of high groundwater: a review of recent literature

The need to understand the impact of urbanisation and changing land use on water and solute mass balances in the groundwater underlying urban areas has been increasingly recognised over the past 25 years. Groundwater resources are now included, for example, as part of integrated urban...
Report

Adequacy of the regulatory framework governing water use by the extractive industry

This report concentrates on the water sources commonly used by extractive industries in the process of extracting resources lying beneath the surface–that is, underground water sources. The report examines the environmental, social and economic impacts of water extracted in this process, and the current regulatory...