Leederville Aquifer

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The Leederville Aquifer is a significant freshwater aquifer located in the south west of Western Australia and predominantly beneath the Swan Coastal Plain west of the Darling Scarp.

It is located above the Yarragadee Aquifer, and beneath two superficial aquifers known as the Gnangara Mound and Jandakot Mound. These aquifers are separated by impervious layers with no groundwater, called aquitards.[1][2][3]

The aquifer is several hundred meters thick and in some places reaches the surface. Water extracted from this aquifer is used in Perth's water supply. It is ultimately replenished by rainwater, however in recent years the state government has supplemented this by also pumping treated wastewater into the aquifer.[4]

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  1. ^ "Groundwater". Water Corporation of Western Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Leyland, Lucy Ann (2011) Hydrogeology of the Leederville Aquifer, Central Perth Basin, Western Australia. University of Western Australia. School of Earth and Environment
  3. ^ Lucy Leyland (2012)Reinterpretation of the Hydrogeology of the Leederville Aquifer: Gnangara Groundwater System. Hydrogeological record series. Western Australia. Department of Water. ISBN 1921992921, 9781921992926
  4. ^ "Perth's aquifers to benefit from treated wastewater recharge". ScienceNetwork Western Australia. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)