Protecting Laverton's drinking water
Released 26 Apr 2007
Access to more land for mining companies is one of the elements of a draft plan designed to protect Laverton's drinking water, the community is being invited to comment on.
Department of Water Acting Director General, Paul Frewer, said the Draft Laverton Public Drinking Water Source Protection Plan is part of a series of strategies in the Department's drinking water protection program in development across Western Australia.
Laverton, located in the Goldfields region, approximately 690 kilometres north east of Perth, is a service centre for the surrounding mining and pastoral industries and has an estimated population of about 1200.
"The Laverton Town Water Supply is currently obtained from the Beasley Creek and Wedge Pit borefields and is highly vulnerable to contamination from land uses in the proposed Public Drinking Water Source Area," Mr Frewer said.
"This water source is strategically important to the Laverton community as it is the town's sole drinking water supply.
"A key proposal of the plan is to redefine the boundaries of the Laverton Water Reserve to protect that part of the Beasley Creek surface water catchment that recharges the groundwater sourced from the Beasley Creek and Wedge Pit borefields area," he said.
"This means current land use water source protection constraints will cease to apply to those land use activities falling outside the proposed new Laverton Public Drinking Water Source Area boundaries."
The Draft Laverton Public Drinking Water Source Protection Plan was prepared by the Department of Water in consultation with other State Government agencies, the Water Corporation, the Shire of Laverton and mining industry representatives.
- proposes the boundaries of the Water reserve be redefined to protect the Beasley Creek surface water catchment;
- identifies potential drinking water quality contamination risks from land use activities;
- recommends strategies to manage potential risks whilst recognising the rights of landowners to continue established approved land use;
- proposes special protection zones be proclaimed to ensure an appropriate level of protection for the Beasley Creek and Wedge Pit areas;
- recommends Environmental Management Plans for the old tailing dam and minor mineral processing operations be prepared and implemented; and
- proposes that Skill Creek and Telegraph Shaft borefields be decommissioned.
Public comment on the plan, which is available from the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7600 or by visiting the website at www.water.wa.gov.au, is invited until 1 June 2007.
26 April 2007
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441