New plan to help to protect Brookton water supply
Released 25 Jul 2008
A water source protection plan for the Happy Valley Water Reserve, part of the Brookton water supply was released today.
Mr Ruprecht said the plan, prepared in consultation with landowners, the shire and the Water Corporation, outlined the location of the drinking water reserve, existing and future usage of the water source and potential sources of contamination.
The Department of Water's Director of Water Resource Management, John Ruprecht, said a review of the existing water reserve was a key part of developing the plan to ensure public health for the town and the great southern town water supply scheme which the source supplements.
"The town of Brookton services local rural industries based on sheep, cattle and wheat farming, and is the administrative centre for the Shire of Brookton," Mr Ruprecht said.
"Although this is a relatively small shire with a population of about 600, this is an important issue and we wanted to be sure everyone had an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process.
"It is important the community understands how this catchment works and how it should be managed so that they can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks.
"The protection plan identifies potential drinking water quality contamination risks from land use activities; and recommends strategies to manage potential risks whilst recognising the rights of landowners to continue approved established land use.
Mr Ruprecht said the plan included recommendations to improve protection in the reserve to ensure good quality water supply in the long term; proposed three wellhead protection zones be proclaimed around the production bores, and proposed priority classifications to ensure an appropriate level of protection of the water source.
Located about 138 km east – south east of Perth and about eight kilometres north of the town of Brookton, the Happy Valley Water Reserve is one of two local water sources operated by the Water Corporation to augment the public drinking water supply provided by the Great Southern Town Water Supply to Brookton.
The Brookton Happy Valley Water Reserve was proclaimed in 1982 under the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 to ensure protection of the water source from potential contamination. The Happy Valley Groundwater Area was also proclaimed in 1979 under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 to allocate groundwater resources within its boundaries to manage its sustainable use.
Copies can be obtained from the Department of Water on tel: 08 6364 7600 or by visiting our web site at http://portal.water.wa.gov.au/portal/page/portal/WaterManagement/Publications/PlansandAssessments
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441