Protecting Northcliffe's drinking water source
Released 14 Mar 2007
The Northcliffe community is invited to have their say on a drinking water source protection plan aimed at ensuring the continued availability of safe, good quality drinking water.
The plan is part of a state-wide strategy being implemented by the Department of Water that identifies and protects drinking water sources throughout the state.
The Northcliffe Catchment Area Draft Drinking Water Source Protection Plan was prepared by the Department of Water in consultation with landowners, the Shire of Manjimup and the Water Corporation.
Department of Water Director General Paul Frewer said Northcliffe's drinking water supply comes from Armstrong Spring, and is supplemented by a weir on Armstrong Creek, a tributary of the Gardner River.
"The Northcliffe catchment drains an area of about 80 hectares and is part of the larger Shannon River Basin," Mr Frewer said.
"The Northcliffe community is encouraged to have its say about the drinking water sources.
"This is an important issue for the town and we want to be sure everyone has had an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process," Mr Frewer said.
"It's 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 draft protection plan:
- 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 approved established land use; and
- proposes a special area be proclaimed and priority classifications to ensure an appropriate level of protection of the water source.
The plan will be available for public comment over the next six weeks.
Copies of the plan can be obtained from the Department of Water on tel: 08 6364 7600 or by visiting our web site at www.water.wa.gov.au > water management > publications > plans and assessments.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441