Comment open on Esperance water protection plan
Released 25 May 2012
Esperance community members are invited to have their say in the development of a plan to ensure the continued availability of high quality drinking water.
Department of Water Manager Water Source Protection Planning Nigel Mantle said the Esperance Water Reserve drinking water source protection plan: draft for public comment released today is part of a strategy that aims to protect drinking water sources throughout Western Australia.
"This is an important issue and we want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to be involved in the protection of this drinking water source," Mr Mantle said.
Preparation of the draft plan includes input from the Shire of Esperance and the Water Corporation. The plan is open for a four week public comment period ending 22 June 2012.
When finalised, the updated plan will replace the 1999 Esperance Water Reserve water source protection plan.
The update proposes amending the water reserve boundary to remove two sections from the water reserve, and adjusting the priority of three sections to reflect current zoning. No private landowners will have the priority area of their land increased.
"The draft plan outlines the location of the water reserve, existing and future land uses and potential water quality risks," Mr Mantle said.
"It sets out how the reserve will be managed and recommends how to deal with possible risks to water quality.
"It's important that the community understands where this water reserve is located, how it can be managed and how they can help protect it from existing and future risks."
The draft plan:
- identifies land uses, activities and risks to water quality within the Esperance Water Reserve
- recommends management strategies to improve protection of water quality to ensure a reliable, safe and high quality water supply
- proposes priority areas and wellhead protection zones to protect against incompatible land uses and activities in the catchment
- proposes to proclaim amended boundaries for the Esperance Water Reserve under the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947.
The draft plan is available from the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7600 or the website www.water.wa.gov.au. Select Have your say > open for public comment. The comment period is open until COB 22 June 2012.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441