Like surface water, groundwater is a key resource for consumptive use in Victoria. It is an important part of the water cycle and, like other water resources, is affected by drought and changes in climate.
It is vital that groundwater is managed and used responsibly so that Victorian water supplies are sustainable in the long-term. All users of groundwater should practice water conservation measures.
If you rely on a groundwater supply at home, such as for watering the garden, you can reduce your impact by limiting the frequency of use, watering only in the early morning, and using other water wise gardening practices.
Information on the groundwater beneath your property can be found at Groundwater resource reports.
To access groundwater, you must obtain a licence to construct a groundwater bore from the rural water corporation that administers your area. Bore construction must be undertaken by a licenced driller.
If the water is only to be used for defined "domestic and stock" purposes (see The Water Act) then no further licencing is required. If you are to use the water for commercial or industrial purposes, then you must also apply for a "take and use" licence.
For more information visit Groundwater.