Land planning in public drinking water source areas
The department works with planning agencies, local government, water service providers and other stakeholders to strengthen the protection of public drinking water source areas via the land planning process.
The department supports the amendment of of planning schemes and strategies to reflect zonings, subdivision and land uses that are appropriate within public drinking water source areas. This approach is supported by the Western Australian Planning Commission's State planning policy no. 2.7: Public drinking water source protection.
The Department of Water's Water quality protection note no. 25: Land use compatibility tables for public drinking water source areas outlines appropriate land uses and activities within each priority area (P1, P2 or P3). The tables provide an essential guide for anyone working on land uses and developments within public drinking water source areas.