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Matthews, WL 1986 , 'Water resources on Tasman Peninsula' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. Tasman , pp. 25-32 .

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Tasman Peninsula is in a higher rainfall area than most of southeastern Tasmania but the
elevated topography ensures that run-off is rapid. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout
the year. The early convict settlements obtained most of their water from nearby streams,
although some water was collected from roofs of buildings and wells. Present supplies are
taken largely from the same sources and farmers have constructed dams for irrigation supplies
and stock. Some development of groundwater resources from fractured rock aquifers and
from coastal sand deposits has been undertaken. Small irrigation quantities are sometimes
obtained although usually the bores are only capable of domestic and stock supplies. The
quality of groundwater is variable but mostly the water has a number of uses. There is
considerable scope for expanding the use of both surface and groundwater on the peninsula.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Matthews, WL
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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