Protection for Marbellup Brook
Released 18 Apr 2007
The Department of Water has released the Marbellup Brook Catchment Area Drinking Water Source Protection Plan which aims to better protect this important water source for future generations.
Water Resource Management Director, John Ruprecht said the Plan is the first to be prepared by the Department of Water in partnership with a local steering group, which included representatives from the Water Corporation, City of Albany and Torbay Catchment Group.
"There has been great cooperation in the preparation of the Plan," Mr Ruprecht said.
"Thanks go to the Steering Group and other stakeholders, agencies and landowners for their invaluable contribution.
"The Plan is particularly relevant as the Water Corporation is investigating Marbellup Brook's potential as a drinking water source to meet future water demand."
The Marbellup Brook Protection Plan:
- identifies potential drinking water quality contamination risks from land use activities;
- outlines strategies to manage these potential risks whilst recognising the rights of landowners to continue established approved land use; and
- defines priority classification areas to ensure an appropriate level of protection for the water source.
The plan is part of a State-wide strategy to identify and protect drinking water sources and aims to ensure the continued availability of safe, good-quality drinking water for all Western Australians.
Other protection plans are being prepared in the South Coast Region for the Denmark River, Walpole River, Northcliffe and Gibson, and existing plans for the Bremer Bay, Hopetoun and Esperance Groundwater Areas are under review.
Copies of the final Marbellup Drinking Water Source Protection Plan are available on the Department of Water website at www.water.wa.gov.au then follow the links under water management>publications>water source protection plans and assessments, or phone Letisha Newman on (08) 9841 0126.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441