Groundwater Information Access Portal
The Department is responsible for managing the State’s groundwater resources under the provisions of the Water Management Act 1999.
a) the land is situated in a Groundwater Area appointed by the Minister and a licence is required in that Groundwater Area, or
b) the land is situated in a water management plan area and a licence is required by the Water Management Plan, or
c) the taking would cause, either directly or indirectly, material environmental harm or serious environmental harm.
well works permit is required to undertake all well works.
This will allow for better management of the location of new wells and the standards to which they are drilled and constructed, and will assist with the collection of information on the groundwater systems and their levels of development and use.
Wells and Bores - outlines the responsibilities of well owners and well drillers.
"Well works" means an excavation undertaken to give access to groundwater, any other works undertaken to repair or modify the structure of a well or any works undertaken to plug, backfill, seal or decommission a well.
Certain types of well works will be exempted from this requirement, so you will need to contact the Department to find out whether this applies to your proposed well works.
The licensing of well drillers will ensure that minimum standards of well drilling and construction are met and this will help to protect consumers and those in the drilling industry from unqualified and inexperienced operators.
The system will be consistent with other States in that it will recognise different competency levels within the drilling industry and will be based on a combination of qualifications and experience. Drillers licensed in Tasmania will be able to work in other States with minimal additional requirements.
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