Draft drinking water source protection plan for the Busselton Water Reserves
Released 19 May 2009
The Department of Water's Director of Water Resource Management, John Ruprecht said the Draft Busselton Water Reserves Drinking Water Source Protection Plan was part of a strategy that aimed to protect drinking water sources throughout Western Australia.
"This is an important issue for the town and we want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process," Mr Ruprecht said.
"It's vital that the community understands where the water reserve is located, how it should be managed and how people can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks.
Mr Ruprecht said the town of Busselton was entirely dependent on groundwater for its water supply.
"Its groundwater is sourced from the Leederville and South West Yarragadee aquifers which are considered to be confined aquifer systems in this area. Busselton's drinking water is abstracted from eight production bores operated by Busselton Water.
"This drinking water source comes from a deep confined aquifer and it is therefore not vulnerable to contamination from surface land uses. This means that land use planning in Busselton will not be impacted by the location of Busselton Water's production bores.
"The combination of 'catchment protection and treatment' will deliver a more reliable, safe drinking water to protect consumers' health than either approach could deliver on its own."
Comment on the draft plan can be made to the Department of Water's Water Source Protection Branch, and all issues will be considered.
Copies can be obtained from the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7600 or by visiting our web site at www.water.wa.gov.au / Water management / publications / plans and assessments.
Comment on the plan can be made to the Department of Water until 12 June 2009.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 0419 910 847