Protecting Laverton's drinking water supplies
Released 13 Aug 2007
The Department of Water has finalised a plan for the long term protection of Laverton's drinking water supplies.
The Laverton Water Reserve and Catchment Area Drinking Water Source Protection Plan identifies land uses and activities within the catchment area in terms of their potential to impact on the quality of drinking water for the town and surrounding area.
Director of Water Resource Management for the Department of Water John Ruprecht said the plan proposed a major reduction in the size of the public drinking water source area.
"The plan proposes a reduction in the size of the area needed to protect the water source. This revision reflects the actual catchment area of the Laverton public drinking water supply area," Mr Ruprecht said.
"The changes mean that some land uses that were not allowed in the old water reserve may now fall outside the proposed public drinking water source area.
"The small scale mineral processing operations at Lancefield and major transport routes normally considered incompatible with water source protection will be allowed to continue to operate provided they operate legally and apply best management practices.
"Swimming will be prohibited in the Wedge Pit mine void. Swimming poses a significant risk for introducing harmful bacteria into the water resource."
The Laverton Town Water Supply is currently obtained from the Beasley Creek and Wedge Pit bore fields that draw groundwater from an unconfined aquifer.
"The aquifer is recharged directly from surface water entering Wedge Pit and Beasley Creek," Mr Ruprecht said. "The water source is highly vulnerable to contamination from land uses in the proposed public drinking water source area and the plan recommends a number of protection strategies to minimise these risks.
"This water source is strategically important to the Laverton community as it is the town's sole supply of drinking water."
The plan is part of a Government policy being implemented by the Department of Water to identify and protect drinking water sources throughout the state.
Copies of the plan are available from the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7000 or from the department's website at www.water.wa.gov.au.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441