McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale prescribed wells area covers approximately 320 square kilometres, with the Onkaparinga River forming part of the northern boundary, while much of the south-eastern boundary follows the ridge of the Sellicks Range. The water allocation plan (WAP) for this area was adopted in 2007, replacing the WAP adopted in 2000.

The WAP aims to:

  • protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users.

The WAP achieves this by:

  • identifying the amount of groundwater that can be allocated and extracted per year
  • defining criteria for the development of aquifer storage and recovery schemes
  • encouraging efficient use of water for irrigation purposes
  • providing water for groundwater-dependent ecosystems within the prescribed area.

The WAP was developed by the former Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board in collaboration with key stakeholders and supported by the community-based McLaren Vale WAP Advisory Committee. A review of the McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan was conducted in 2011.

Existing WAPs will be reviewed within 10 years by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board to ensure they are still meeting the needs of the environment and community.

Find out more information about what a WAP is and why they are important.

Find out about permits and licences relating to this WAP.

Monitoring and reporting on water resources of the McLaren Vale PWA

Constant monitoring of the McLaren Vale PWA is undertaken by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board and the Department for Environment and Water. Results of this monitoring contributes to the production of groundwater status reports and will inform the review of the WAPs.

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