Draft drinking water source protection plan for the proposed Yerecoin Water Reserve
Released 19 May 2009
The Department of Water's Director of Water Resource Management, John Ruprecht said the Draft Yerecoin Water Reserve 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.
"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.
"The Department of Water's preparation of the plan has included input from the landholder and the Water Corporation."
Mr Ruprecht said the plan outlined the location of the proposed drinking water reserve, existing land uses and potential sources of contamination.
"A water source protection plan was prepared in 1999 but the proposed water reserve was never gazetted. This current plan updates and replaces the plan completed in 1999.
- identifies land uses, activities and risks to water quality within the reserve, and recommends management strategies to address those risks
- makes recommendations to improve protection in the reserve to ensure a reliable, good quality water supply
- proposes priority classification areas to ensure an appropriate level of protection from incompatible land uses in the water reserve
- proposes wellhead protection zones be established around each of the production bores to protect water quality
- proposes to proclaim the Yerecoin Water Reserve under the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947."
Mr Ruprecht said major recommendations of the plan included:
- proclamation of the Yerecoin Water Reserve under the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 to enable by-laws to apply to potentially polluting activities
- incorporation of the plan into the Shire of Victoria Plains' town planning schemes to ensure that future land uses in the water.
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 12 June 2009.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 041 991 0847