Department reminds licensed users to stay within limits
Released 09 Dec 2010
"Reduced rainfall means that there is less water recharging our underground aquifers and our streams, therefore it is important that users do not take additional water above their licensed entitlement," Water Licensing Manager John Connolly said.
The department will be increasing its compliance and enforcement effort from Carnarvon to Albany this summer.
"All ground and surface water users including commercial users need to take appropriate action now to ensure they do not exceed their annual water entitlement ," Mr Connolly said.
"It is important that licensed water users understand they must manage within their current water allocation and consider all options and efficiency measures available to achieve this."
Because many of the state's water management areas were close to, or fully allocated, obtaining new or increased water licences is no longer possible in these places.
However there are other options. Recent changes to the department's water trading policy and a new on-line water register may assist some water licensees in accessing additional water resources through trading.
Mr Connolly said over this coming summer the department will be increasing the number of compliance and enforcement surveys and ad-hoc spot inspections, and will take appropriate enforcement actions should breaches of licence conditions be found.
"It's vital that licensee explores, where possible, the use of alternative water sources, including fit for purpose options, and that they have an action plan to manage water use this summer," he said.
"It is also perhaps just as important that licensees are also thinking towards next year, and in particularly, contingencies if next winter's rainfall is similar to this year's."
Water licensees are encouraged to contact their Department of Water regional office if they have any questions in respect to responsibilities associated with holding a licence to take ground or surface water.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848