Bungaroo plan to protect Pilbara groundwater source
Released 13 Jun 2012
A draft water plan released for public comment today by the Department of Water will protect catchments and support the delivery of high-quality drinking water to West Pilbara towns.
The Bungaroo Creek Water Reserve drinking water source protection plan: draft for public comment outlines how to protect the quality of the Bungaroo Creek groundwater source.
A key recommendation of the plan is a proposal to establish a water reserve for the Bungaroo Creek source area.
Bungaroo Creek is the new groundwater source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme that supplies water to the towns of Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Cape Lambert and Point Samson.
The Bungaroo Creek source includes a borefield, around 35 kilometres south-east of Pannawonica, owned and operated by Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
The source was brought online following an agreement between the state government and Rio Tinto last year to develop water infrastructure for port water use and to supplement the West Pilbara town scheme supply.
The plan proposes proclaiming a 46,507 hectare water reserve to protect the Bungaroo Creek borefield and the Bungaroo and Jimmawurrada Creek catchment areas, which recharge the Bungaroo Creek borefield during creek flows.
"Establishing a water reserve will protect this important new source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme and ensure that it can provide high-quality drinking water to local towns," Department of Water scientific officer in the Water Source Protection Planning branch Clint Roberts said.
"Careful management of activities within the proposed reserve will support the reliability of the Bungaroo water source to support current and future development in the rapidly growing West Pilbara towns."
The proposed Bungaroo Creek Water Reserve is on unallocated Crown land and a
pastoral lease. This will be the first time Bungaroo Creek will be made
available as a public drinking water source.
The plan is open for public comment until 13 July 2012.
To view the plan go to the Department of Water website: www.water.wa.gov.au. Select Have your say > open for public comment.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441