New web portal opens water information for business
Released 07 Nov 2013
A new web portal launched by the Department of Water today opens up the government's vast network of water information direct to clients throughout the state.
The portal was developed by the Department of Water as a part of the $12.82m Royalties for Regions funded program to increase regional water availability, planning and investigation.
Department Director General Maree De Lacey said the service will be used by industry and government for business planning and decisions to support State development and regional growth.
"The state is experiencing significant economic and population growth, particularly in the regions, and water information underpins important decisions by business and government.
"By bringing this service direct to clients we are ensuring there are no boundaries or time lags in access to this information.
"This free fully automated system has an easy to use web interface and shopping cart system, and replaces the current manual methods of processing this information."
The primary users of the online water information portal will be mining companies, land developers, farmers, pastoralists and consultants working on their behalf.
Other users include universities, research institutions, state and local governments and the general public.
Ms De Lacey said the portal provides instant access to over 115,000 sites and more than 60 million measurements and is part of the department's increased automated management of water information requests to minimise red tape and speed up turnaround times.
"By increasing the speed and quality of water information we are supporting the decisions required for the state's population and economic growth," she said.
The portal can be accessed from www.water.wa.gov.au.
Contact: Peter Collins
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