Water Impacts of the Adani Coal Mine

If built, Adani’s proposed mega-coal mine will be the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world. The mine puts at risk water resources that are the lifeblood of central Queensland.

These sources include rivers, ancient springs, and aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin adjoining the mine. They are all vital water sources, particularly in times of drought.

The Great Artesian Basin is our greatest inland water resource, covering 22% of Australia. Sometimes the Basin expels water from deep underground up to the surface, in the form of natural springs.

If built, the Adani coal mine will:

  • Suck out at least 270 billion litres of groundwater over the life of the mine.
  • Put aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin at risk.
  • Dump mine polluted wastewater into the Carmichael River.
  • Threaten ancient springs and 160 wetlands that provide permanent water during drought.
  • Leave behind 6 unfilled coal pits that will drain millions of litres of groundwater, forever.

Adani’s associated water licence allows unlimited access to groundwater for 60 years for free.

Our Water, Our Lifeblood

The Our Water, Our Lifeblood Roadshow will involve 3 public forums across regional Queensland to showcase just what’s at risk from Adani’s mega coal mine.

Secure your seat at a Regional Roadshow near you to learn more about the impacts of Adani’s mine on Queensland’s water and launch the community campaign to protect this precious resource.


Read and download the full referenced fact sheet here.