The Water Research Laboratory has a team of hydrogeologists and environmental engineers who are highly regarded for groundwater problem solving. This team is recognised in Australia and internationally for project services and applied research in; geophysical imaging and borehole tomography of the subsurface; groundwater chemistry and geochemical indicators of leakage through clay barrier systems.
A pragmatic approach to solving groundwater problems is adopted by project staff, in consultation with industry and government agencies. Studies generally commence with a desktop investigation followed by design and implementation of specific data collection programs. WRL has extensive borehole, geophysics and logging instrumentation along with numerical models and chemistry laboratory facilities to aid with data interpretation and process understanding.
The application of these expert groundwater services include: effluent reuse and disposal, salinisation, water budgets, groundwater quality, transport and fate of contaminants, acid sulphate soils and leakage through clay barriers.
The Water Research Laboratory groundwater team is a key part of the UNSW Connected Waters Initiative
- Bore Design and Aquifer Testing Solutions
- Flow Through Sorption and Compatibility Testing Solutions
- Geoexchange Solutions
- Groundwater Flow and Transport Modelling Solutions
- Groundwater Investigations for Effluent Re-use and Disposal Solutions
- Groundwater Quality Monitoring & Characterisation
- Managed Aquifer Recharge Solutions
- Salinisation Cause and Effect Mechanisms Solutions
- Bungendore Groundwater Model
- Development of 3D Moisture Tomography
- Feasibility Assessment for Managed Aquifer Recharge – Joynton Avenue Re-Development Site
- Groundwater Mapping and Transition Zones, Namoi Catchment
- Groundwater Monitoring and Evaluation and Grower Survey, Namoi Catchment
- Hat Head Effluent Groundwater Monitoring Program
- Hydrogeological Investigation of the Fate of Salt Mobilised Under Dryland Cropping on the Cryon Plain, North Western NSW
- Iluka Aquifer Injection Scheme
- Lakes Beach Desalination Plant Groundwater Investigations
- Modelling of Pit No. 1, Ranger Mine, Northern Territory
- Potential Impacts of Effluent Re-Use on Groundwater at Tamworth
- Pre-Feasibility Assessment of Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Botany Aquifer