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Managed Aquifer Recharge and Stormwater Use Options (MARSUO)

As Australia’s population grows, especially in urban areas, there is increased demand for water supplies for all types of uses.

Urban stormwater is a relatively untapped resource that could help us meet future water supply demands. If natural aquifers (any geological formation capable of receiving, storing and transmitting significant quantities of water) are present beneath a city, they may be used for convenient storage and additional treatment of urban stormwater.

The MARSUO project, using Adelaide as a case study, provided the South Australian Government with information to confidently assess the range of stormwater use options for the city, with particular emphasis on addressing water safety issues and community acceptance.

Research outcomes will also be used to develop a national approach to assessing stormwater and managed aquifer recharge options, which can be applied around Australia.

The catchment risk assessment approach developed in MARSUO has been adopted by Water Proofing the South and Water Proofing the West projects and National Guidelines are being developed for Managed Aquifer Recharge with the National Water Commission.

Several Technical Reports ( 13/3, 13/10, 13/17, 13/18, 14/1, and 14/7) have been published on the Goyder Institute website

View the MARSUO Science Synthesis Paper.

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