10.3 Recharge from landscape

Supporting information

This process occurs in the Canberra region, but the volume could not be quantified due to the lack of both data and a suitable quantification approach. In Canberra the recharge is due largely to rainfall while discharge generally is to streams and evapotranspiration. Recharge of groundwater and discharge to surface water in fractured rock aquifers is usually localised and as such difficult to calculate. Broad scale movement of water through an upland fractured system with local flow system is generally limited. The Australian Capital Territory Government, Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate uses an estimate of 74 GL of groundwater recharge each year as a guide when setting limits for groundwater extractions; approximately 10% of this recharge is available for abstraction annually.