The Western Australian Branch of IAH has been active since the early 1980s and has the highest concentration of member Hydrogeologists in the world (about 250 members, 6.25%).

The WA Branch holds free monthly technical meetings which attract 30 to 50 scientists, and a paid annual seminar attracting up to 160 delegates. A field trip is usually organised each year which attracts up to 60 members. The state chapter is also a strong supporter of the Early Careers Hydrogeologists Network (ECHN), a subsidiary of IAH.

To find out what’s happening in WA click on the Events tab above or subscribe to the WA Branch mailing list here!

In September 2013 the Western Australian Branch hosted the 40th Annual Congress of the IAH which attracted 740 delegates from more than 120 countries. The Congress entitled “Solving the Groundwater Challenges of the 21st Century” was an outstanding success.

The 2022 WA Branch Committee is made up of Hydrogeologists who were elected at the State AGM in January 2022.

The Committee meets every two months.

You can contact the WA committee via email to the secretary at


Chairperson: Sarah Bourke

Vice Chairperson: Cassie Turvey

Secretary: Steve Bolton

Treasurer: Sandie McHugh


2022 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

IAH WA is pleased to confirm McArthur Drilling & Pumping Pty Ltd (MDP) as Platinum Sponsor for 2022. MDP is a Western Australian Company specialising in the provision of Test Pumping services to WA’s mining and agriculture industry. Established in 2006, we have grown to become the leader in test pump contracting.

Their unique machinery with its unrivalled safety profile, highly skilled and experienced teams, and their ability to deliver accurate test pumping data have set them at the forefront in test pumping.

All MDP site based personnel have tertiary qualifications in Work Health & Safety. MDP has sole supplier MSA’s (Master Service Agreements) with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. MDP has been FMG’s preferred supplier for over 10 years. MDP is a member of the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA).

Marcus McArthur – Director
6 Langar, Way Landsdale, WA
Phone +61 8 9303 2414
Mob +61 419 962 905


Gold Sponsors

Acqua Drill Resources (ADR) is ongoing and valued supporter of IAH WA. They specialise in large diameter surface drilling using conventional air/hammer or mud rotary methods. Whether the drilling program involves monitoring bores, production bores, dewatering or managed aquifer recharge bores, paste fill holes, or underground mining service holes, Acqua Drill Resources has the in-house experience and modern equipment to deliver successful project outcomes.

Acqua Drill Resources invests heavily in engineering controls which target the risks associated with manual handling, working at heights, equipment guarding and all other identified operational risks. Acqua Drill Resources operates the only Versa Drill rigs in Australia which have been fitted with dual hydraulic breakout assemblies, now a site access requirement for some mining houses.
Acqua Drill Resources’ primary goal is to become the water bore drilling company of choice by delivering quality technical outcomes at highly competitive rates.

Brendon Elford
2279 Great Northern Hwy, Bullsbrook, WA
Phone +61 438 876 340

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) supports Western Australia’s community, economy and environment by managing and regulating the state’s environment and water resources.

The department is responsible for environment and water regulation, serving as a ‘one stop shop’ for industry and developers, with the aim of streamlining and simplifying regulation.

DWER support ongoing hydrogeology science and data and looks forward to working with IAH WA in 2022 to help maximise the potential and protection of our groundwater resources.

Prime House 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup, WA
Phone +61 8 6364 7000


Silver Sponsor

Airwell Group is a world leader in low flow direct gas displacement pumping methods and technology. A solutions-orientated company, Airwell provides innovative pumping, monitoring, testing, recovery and field service solutions to the mining, oil & gas, industrial, environmental and agricultural industries.
With 30 years of industry experience Airwell is at the forefront of providing innovative pumping solutions to meet even the most challenging requirements of our clients. All IAH members and their staff are welcome to come and join Airwell at their office/warehouse to view their capabilities and equipment in operation first hand.

Airwell are specialists in:

  • Airwell pump solutions
  • Pump/ Flow Testing equipment and services
  • Ground water sampling equipment and services
  • Remote monitoring and automation of pumping equipment
  • Airwell landfill leachate pumping equipment

30 Harris Rd, Malaga, WA
Phone +61 8 9209 3355
Mob +61 411 480 638

IAH WA is pleased to welcome Johnson Screens® (a brand of Aqseptence Group) as Silver sponsor for 2022. Johnson Screens® (a brand of Aqseptence Group) was founded in 1904 by Edward E. Johnson who made the world’s first continuous slot wire wrapped screen to be used in a water well. Johnson Screens® with its trade mark Vee-Wire® is the largest manufacturers of stainless steel screens in the world. Over the last century of growth and acquisition, Johnson Screens has become a pioneer in screen manufacturing for industries / markets, including:
• Water Well
• Oil & Gas
• Mining
• Hydrocarbon Processing
• Architecture & Construction
• Food & Beverage
• Metals & Mining
• Passive Water Intakes
• Pulp & Paper
Whatever industry you’re in, you’ve probably encountered a Johnson Screen®.
Johnson Screens® regards its borehole screens as the “Heart of the Well”, given the vital responsibility of determining the success or failure of a well.
Johnson Screens® range of products are proudly Australian Made, designed and developed in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Geebung, Brisbane. Whatever part screening plays in your process, Johnson Screens® can improve it with over 100 years of design experience, vast manufacturing capabilities and around-the-world support.

Moyez Poonawala
88 Brickyard Road, Geebung, QLD
Phone +61 7 3867 5555

Bronze Sponsor

IAH WA is pleased to have NMR Services Australia (NMRSA) as Bronze Sponsor for 2022. NMRSA is part of Orica’s Digital Solutions portfolio and was founded on the premise that technological innovation enables sustainable mobilisation of Earth’s resources. NMRSA focuses on unlocking the complexity of those resources through advanced measurements that provide essential insights to its customers. 

The flagship technology developed and produced by NMRSA is their Borehole Magnetic Resonance tool (BMR), which makes the cutting-edge measurement principle used in other industries available in the Groundwater space. This downhole geophysical measurement provides critical in-situ aquifer characteristics safely and efficiently, including Total and Effective Porosity and Hydraulic Conductivity. 

The Team of Experts at NMRSA are committed to delivering the most efficient and effective solutions for their clients while maximising the value and utilisation of technology.  

37 Kewdale Rd Welshpool WA 6106 

Phone +61 8 9302 6224



IAH WA is pleased to welcome Aquatech Drilling as Bronze sponsor for 2022. Established for 30 years and with over 45 years’ experience, Aquatech Drilling provides advanced drilling solutions to the mining, energy and domestic markets.

Aquatech Drilling is committed to being at the leading edge of technology and innovation.  The company features state of the art drilling equipment to suit all aspects of water well drilling.  Their equipment is maintained to the highest standards to ensure a premium level of safety and productivity. Their support truck carries a full complement of hydraulic hoses, pumps, motors and all other spares that enable us to significantly reduce down time.

Aquatech Drilling prides itself on its ability to service a wide cross section of clients from small domestic operations to large agricultural, mining and government ventures. Aquatech Drilling has extensive experience in production bores, monitor bores, down hole hammer, artesian bores, and maintenance and management of bores.

Aquatech Drilling is a member of the Australia Drilling Industry Association and their drillers are class 1, class 2 and class 3 ADIA accredited, ensuring all work is carried out to the highest of standards.

Based in Western Australia, their team has had extensive experience working in regional and remote areas throughout Australia and is self-sufficient in logistical and equipment movement.

Lot 11 Dryandra Court Picton WA 6229
Phone +61 400 053 648 / +61 490 282 023

IAH WA is pleased to welcome Hunter Executive Search Consultants as Bronze sponsor for 2022. Hunter Executive Search Consultants specialise in recruitment for the Environment, Water, Engineering, Mining & Resources sectors across Australia.

With a head office in Perth and also offices in Sydney and Melbourne, Hunter have Australia-wide relationships with many top Mining houses, Engineering Consultancies and specialist Groundwater companies and are able to get your CV in front of the right people.

All Hunter consultants are professionally accredited with the RCSA (Recruitment and Consulting Services Association) – the leading industry and professional body for the recruitment and the human resources services sector in Australia and New Zealand. This is a commitment to abide by the ethics and values of the staffing industry and provide a quality service to both clients and candidates

Hunter consultants are happy to offer free, confidential, non-pushy, impartial advice on your career, salary and options. Hunter consultants don’t just send CVs, they connect people and provide the human interaction that is needed to make recruitment processes successful!

98 Terrace Road, Perth, WA, 6004
Phone (08) 9278 2511

Event Host

2022 monthly technical talk series will be hosted by Rio Tinto Iron Ore at the Central Park Conference Centre (Theatrette). Expect the same collegiate atmosphere, drinks and a great venue.

In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Rio Tinto operates the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron ore assets with industry-leading margins.

Rio Tinto is well positioned to benefit from continuing demand across China and the developing world. Their premium product suite, including the flagship Pilbara blend, drives strong customer relationships and is supported by technical and commercial marketing expertise.

The business continues to be the world’s largest autonomous truck operator and a proud leader in automated mining technologies.

153-158 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA