Draft drinking water source protection plan for the Millstream dam catchment area
Released 23 Apr 2009
The Department of Water's Director of Water Resource Management, John Ruprecht said the Draft Millstream Catchment Area (Bridgetown) 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 district and we want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process," Mr Ruprecht said.
"Preparation of the plan has included input from the Department of Environment and Conservation, local shires and Water Corporation."
Mr Ruprecht said the plan outlined the location of the catchment area, existing and future land uses and potential sources of contamination.
"In 2004, the Water Corporation prepared the Millstream Catchment Area (Bridgetown) drinking water source protection assessment. That assessment outlined risks to water quality from land uses and activities in the catchment area. The department's draft drinking water source protection plan updates and replaces the drinking water source protection assessment.
"It's vital that the community understands where the catchment area is located, how it should be managed and how people can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks.
- identifies land uses, activities and risks to water quality within the catchment area, and recommends management strategies to address those risks*
- makes recommendations to improve protection to ensure a safe and reliable, good quality water supply
- proposes a priority classification area and a reservoir protection zone to ensure an appropriate level of protection from incompatible land uses and activities
- proposes to proclaim the catchment area under the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947."
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.
Comments on the plan can be made to the Department of Water until May 21st 2009.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 041 991 0847