Drinking Water Source Protection Assessments provide information on Public Drinking Water Source Areas.
This information helps State and local governments understand and protect our limited drinking water sources.
The Protection Assessments include maps and an assessment of risks to water quality.
They help us develop Drinking Water Source Protection Plans to ensure West Australians continue to receive safe, good quality drinking water. The plans:
- identify development pressures;
- identify how vulnerable a water source is to contamination;
- establish priority classification areas; and
- set out programs to protect the resource.
Decisions on land use zoning and subdivision applications can have a significant impact on drinking water sources. Therefore, we work with planning agencies and local government to incorporate water protection in the land planning process.
We support the amendment of town planning schemes and related planning strategies that reflect land use compatible with Drinking Water Source Protection Plans - an approach supported by the Western Australian Planning Commission's Statement of Planning Policy for Public Drinking Water Sources (June 2003).
Assessments and plans for specific areas
The assessments and plans listed below are essential guides for local government decision-makers, State planning authorities and operational staff.
We welcome and will carefully consider your views on any draft plan.
Land use compatibility table
We maintain a land use compatibility table for Public Drinking Water Source Areas and update it from time to time as comments are received or industry standards change. To view the most recent version go to Land Use Compatibility in Public Drinking Water Source Areas Water Quality Protection Note.
For more detailed advice on Western Australia's drinking water source protection program, see an overview in the Protecting Public Drinking Water Source Areas Water Quality Protection Note.