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All’s not well beneath Unley

May 2, 2017

Today’s scary news about the possible/probable contamination of the sub-soil south of the Adelaide parklands brings to mind the intensive bore-drilling/digging activity which took place throughout Unley by the (mostly) Mediterranean immigrants during the last century.

One of the first concerns of the European newcomers  was for a steady flow of (free)  fresh water to nourish their gardens (market and  otherwise).  And it wasn’t TOO difficult to access, with the water table around about  five or so metres, if not less.

Today, most of those water sources still exist, though many of them are not deep enough to reach the valuable liquid, with the water table WAY down.

Many of the bores HAVE been deepened over the years, however. Dear Maria, who until relatively recently lived just round the corner from Hacienda Hudson, nurtured artesian-fed veggies that reached to the sky.

Just what the outcome of the new contamination revelation will be has yet to be determined.

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