Condingup plan continues regional water protection strategy
Released 10 Jul 2008
The Department of Water has released the Condingup water reserve drinking water source protection plan to ensure the continued availability of safe, good quality drinking water for the Great Southern regional town.
A review of the appropriateness of the existing water reserve was a key part of developing the plan for Condingup - a small town providing a service centre for local primary industry and catering for tourism, about 65 kilometres east of Esperance, the department's Director of Water Resource Management John Ruprecht said.
He said the development of the Condingup Water Reserve drinking water source protection plan was part of the department's strategy aimed at protecting drinking water sources in the south coast region and throughout Western Australia. The program implemented the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
"Water protection is an important issue and the plan's development evolved after community consultations similar to those conducted for other Great Southern sources," Mr Ruprecht said.
"Preparation of the plan was guided by community consultation with landowners, the Shire of Esperance and the Water Corporation.
"We wanted to be sure everyone had an opportunity to be involved in the decisionmaking process. It's vital that the community understands how this water reserve works, how it should be managed and how people can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks.
Mr Ruprecht said Condingup's water comes from a Water Corporation bore, drawing from a relatively shallow unconfined to semi-confined aquifer.
"Fortunately, most of the water reserve is either vegetated crown land or rural (plantation forestry and grazing). The land uses and activities within the water reserve are compatible with its proposed management," he said.
"Nevertheless, the plan outlines risks to water quality and recommends solutions to ensure water quality is protected.
"It also recommends strategies to manage potential risks, while recognising the rights of landowners to continue approved established land use. Priority classifications as well as a wellhead protection zone around the production bore are proposed to ensure an appropriate level of protection of the water source.
"Other recommendations are also made to improve protection in the reserve to ensure good quality water supply in the long term."
Copies can be obtained from the Department of Water on (08) 9842 5760 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