Approvals now required for taking surface water in the Capes area
Released 09 Apr 2008
The Department of Water has asked landholders between Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin to plan well in advance for their commercial water needs as approvals are now required to use surface water in these areas.
Regulation of surface water users has been initiated by the department to support sustainable urban and industrial development while protecting the state's water dependent environments.
"Licensing creates more security for water users and their right to take water from watercourses," Department of Water Regional Manager Wayne Tingey said.
"Many people and businesses yet to be affected by the new regulations may not be aware that they will need to take this process into consideration in their planning," he said.
"A licence is required to take water for any purpose other than for stock and domestic use."
"This now means that any persons who interfere with a watercourse (bed and banks) or who want to take and use water for commercial purposes from a watercourse now require approval from the Department of Water."
The new regulations came into effect in September 2007 through amendments to the Rights in Water & Irrigation Act 1914 and were driven by increased development in industries such as viticulture and tourism.
"Demand for water by these and other industries has driven the need for more security in being able to take water and increased management" Mr Tingey said.
Mr Tingey said the new system was already being adopted by users in the area, with licensing and approvals underway in the Wilyabrup catchment.
"Applicants are pleased to be able to finally get a more secure right to water," Mr Tingey said.
"To obtain approval, applications must be submitted to the department for a permit to interfere with bed and banks and for a licence to take water," he said.
Landholders unsure whether a license is required or if they may be eligible for an exemption are encouraged to contact the Department directly.
"Interference with bed and banks includes the construction of on-stream dams."
For more information see the department's website www.water.wa.gov.au or contact Mick Owens firstname.lastname@example.org from the department's South West regional office for further information on licensing.
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