Department advises water self suppliers to prepare for summer
Released 20 Nov 2012
The Department of Water has advised the state's water self suppliers to prepare for the challenges of the summer ahead.
A self supplier is a person not served by the scheme water system and obtains their own supply from rainfall tanks, bores, dams or directly from rivers.
Department of Water Executive Director Science and Planning Greg Davis said the low winter rainfall had left many self suppliers in a position where they would need to carefully manage their water supplies for both domestic and livestock uses.
He also urged self-suppliers to factor in other potential, needs for water including water for fire plans, with the State's fire and emergency services agencies warning of another challenging bushfire season following the dry winter.
Water releases below Integrated Water Supply Scheme public drinking water supply dams will also be reduced over summer in response to the low rainfall.
"Changes in rainfall patterns have resulted in extremely low rainfall run-off into water tanks and catchments, and reduced groundwater recharge," Mr Davis said.
"Streamflow in many areas has been significantly reduced and users reliant on streams for stock and domestic water need to be aware of this," he said.
Some simple things that self supply users might wish to consider are:
* Do you have enough closed storage?
* Have you made arrangements with carters?
* Have you got enough water to support your fire plan?
* Have you prepared a destocking prioritisation plan
If self suppliers are unsure of their situation or steps to take, they can contact their local Department of Water office. For more information go to www.wa.gov.au
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441