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Keeping salt out of the Murray

Salt interception schemes are large–scale pumping schemes that divert saline groundwater and drainage water before entering rivers. In most cases, a bore and pump system extracts the groundwater and pumps it to a salt management basin some distance from the river. Since 1988 the States of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, together with the Australian Government, have funded the construction of salt interception schemes. These schemes prevent approximately half a million tonnes of salt per year from reaching the River Murray.