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Water Law

Kellehers is actively involved in providing innovative and strategic solutions to water law challenges. Water is deeply intertwined with planning, environment and property law and crucial to environmental law. Kellehers has a growing knowledge in the field of water regulation, wastewater, groundwater and environmental water.

In tandem with our planning, environmental and complex property experience, we offer practical cost-effective solutions resulting in favourable outcomes for clients facing water issues. Kellehers advises both the authorities governing and managing water and private parties in relation to all aspects of water.

We acknowledge the complexity of water law and issues may involve:

  • Storm and waste water
  • Groundwater
  • Irrigation
  • Contamination
  • Environment and water
  • Insurance claims and damage
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

Achievements in Water Law

  • Clean up of contaminated water courses at surface and in groundwater
  • Habitat creation, protection and restoration along watercourses
  • Catchment protection ensuring ongoing viability of agricultural land
  • Coastal protection and enhancement in conjunction with complimentary land use and development
  • Litigation in nuisance and negligence against governing authorities
  • Managing conflicting demands on groundwater resources and contamination risks
  • Assisting to identify and stop merging of stormwater and sewerage in under-serviced areas
  • Advising as to liability for mining company draw off groundwater
  • Assessing environmental effects of groundwater depletion, including impact upon Indigenous cultural heritage

Groundwater is a vitally important component of Water Law but often forgotten or misunderstood. We have developed a Groundwater information sheet and checklist to provide a background to this issue. For a copy CLICK HERE