Adelaide Plains

The Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan (WAP) will cover the groundwater of the Northern Adelaide Plains, Central Adelaide and the Dry Creek prescribed wells areas. A WAP for the northern part of this area was adopted in 2000, and is currently under review. The new updated plan will also be the first for the Central Adelaide and Dry Creek areas.

The WAP will aim to:

  • protect the groundwater resources for all water users, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users
  • ensure water is provided to groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

The WAP is being developed by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board in collaboration with the community and supported by the community-based Northern Adelaide Plains and Central Adelaide WAP advisory committees.

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

Find out about permits and licences relating to this WAP.

Development of a new Adelaide Plains WAP 

A new WAP for the Adelaide Plains is in development. Since the release of the current Northern Adelaide Plains WAP in 2000 (which was amended to include the Kangaroo Flat area in 2004), the board decided to add two new prescribed areas into the same water allocation plan - Central Adelaide in 2009 and Dry Creek in 2010. This is due to the fact that underground aquifers run beneath the entire area and so need to be managed as a whole. A draft WAP is in development, with the community to be engaged as part of this process. To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter by emailing

Monitoring and reporting on water resources 

Constant monitoring of the Adelaide Plains is undertaken by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the Department for Environment and Water. Results of this monitoring contributes to the production of the following groundwater status reports:

Earlier groundwater status reports can be found here.

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