Department prosecutes over Gnangara water take
Released 10 Dec 2012
The Department of Water has prosecuted a Wanneroo vegetable grower for illegally taking water from the Gnangara mound and deliberately tampering with a state owned water meter.
Department of Water Executive Director Regional Delivery and Regulation Paul Brown said the offences were serious breaches of the state's water legislation.
Mr Brown said the breach was uncovered during an ongoing compliance monitoring program across the Gnangara groundwater area involving on-ground water licence compliance inspections.
Department of Water officers discovered earlier this year that the grower had tampered with a State-owned meter preventing the meter flow wheel from accurately measuring how much water was taken from the ground.
"The Department of Water has been working closely with Gnangara licensees to ensure their water abstraction continues to be sustainable," Mr Brown said.
"Department data shows the vast majority of irrigation farmers on Gnangara use water volumes within their licensed allocation.
"However, there are some that are still taking more than their licensed share which is unfair to their neighbours and the wider community.
"While the department's compliance program initially focuses on encouraging and assisting licensees to comply with their licence terms and conditions, the Department of Water has strengthened its compliance program and will continue issuing directions, infringement notices and in cases such as this, taking action to prosecute."
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441