Mundaring Weir decision helps secure WA’s water future.
Released 17 Jan 2007
The Department of Water has established a Reservoir Protection Zone around Mundaring Weir in the Perth hills, to help maintain and improve the quality of drinking water.
This protection zone is intended to prevent public access within two kilometres upstream of the dam, similar to other Perth hills drinking water dams.
The Department's Acting Director of Water Resource Management, Greg Davis said trail bikes, four wheel drives and other recreational activities had been of concern for some time because they could impact on water quality and public health.
Disease-causing micro-organisms from people and domestic animals; sediment from public access for recreation; and chemicals from cars, motorbikes and illegal waste disposal were all risks that would be addressed by restriction of public access.
"The Government recognises the area offers recreational opportunities for the community, but it is also an important water resource for drinking," Mr Davis said.
"The Mundaring Weir supplies water for the Goldfields and Agricultural Supply System and Perth's Integrated Water Supply System. It supplies about 90 million litres of drinking water a day to over fifty country towns from Buntine to Kalgoorlie and Norseman, and some of the Perth metropolitan area.
"To protect this important drinking water source, by-laws that prohibit public access to the area will be fully enforced by May 2008," he said.
"But while we strive to protect and develop water sources, it has to be balanced with providing adequate public recreational areas.
"People can still access the Bibbulmun Track and its approved campsites, the Kep Track, the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail, the Mundaring Precinct long walk trail and the Powerline and Wandoo recreational vehicle tracks."
Mr Davis said restricting public access to protect drinking water was an Australia wide practice for major permanent drinking water stores.
The Mundaring Reservoir Protection Zone is one of the last to be established in the Perth hills. The Water Corporation will be responsible for surveillance and enforcement. Advertising and signage will be completed by May 2008.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441