Finding new water resources, including Royalties for Regions-funded programs and other drilling programs to explore resources across the state.
Information about allocation plans, which set out how much water can be reliably taken from groundwater and surface water sources for productive purposes while ensuring the sustainability of the resource and protection of the water-dependent environment.
Information about ensuring sustainable water supplies for the state’s population and industries, including the Water for Growth and Water for Food programs.
Click here to apply for rebates and grants for farmers, pastoralists and rural communities to improve local water supplies and for information about assistance to help farmers access water during dry seasons.
Information, advice and management of flood plans based on flood behaviour research and floodplain mapping for the state's major rivers.
Integrated water and land use planning based on the principles of total water cycle management.
The Department of Water invites you to share your ideas on creating innovative solutions to water challenges.
Licences and how to apply, licensing policies, forms to download and answers to questions frequently asked by current and prospective licensees.
Find out who is eligible to trade water entitlements and how applications are assessed. Click here to identify potential trading partners from the Water Register.
Metering and measuring the water you take helps you understand your water usage to make the most of your entitlements and reduce your overall costs.
New fees for water licence and permit applications are being introduced to the mining and public water supply sectors from the 13 November 2018, post
Current legislation for which the Department of Water assists the Minister for Water. Click here for current WA legislation.
We are updating our policy and legislation to deliver water resource management legislation that is flexible, progressive and capable of managing water today and in the future.
Legislation and policy for Western Australia’s water service providers.
Planning and managing water to enable growing, liveable water smart towns and cities.
Protecting and managing public drinking water source areas including policies relating to public drinking water source areas, water source protection plans, water quality strategies and management and review processes.
Click here for information about sprinkler restrictions in Western Australia for scheme water and garden bore users. Includes area maps, rostered days and exemptions.
Information about wastewater recycling, water efficiencies and the use of fit-for-purpose water. Recycling is encouraged whenever it is socially, economically and environmentally acceptable to make smart use of waste water for the ongoing development of the State.
Garden bores are small domestic groundwater bores for private garden irrigation. Click here for more information about your garden bore, licence exemptions and being ‘bore water-wise’ in your garden.
Information on the state’s groundwater resources, locations, investigations, aquifer recharge and sustainable management of water resources, including an overview of state groundwater investigations.
Surface water, like rivers and streams used for public water supply, self-supply, irrigation, recreation and hydropower and rainfall and streamflow monitoring, catchment modelling and flood studies to manage surface water.
Click here for information about water quality, including public drinking water source areas, salinity, brochures, fact sheets and best management practices for various land uses and activities to help protect water quality and public health.
Rivers and estuaries and their importance including information on monitoring and assessing waterways, protecting, understanding, planning, restoring, and risks and threats.
There are 166 estuaries in Western Australia as established through the National Land and Water Resources Audit (NLWRA) 2000, where an estuary is defined as
Click here for information on types of irrigators, licenses and the role of irrigation as an economic enabler for industry.
Information on the department’s role in relation to the shale and tight gas industry.
A detailed collection of online atlases and maps with information on the State’s water resources, including depth to groundwater, garden bore suitability, geology and proclaimed management areas.
Information and reports collected from the department's extensive State-wide monitoring network, which are provided free for water management, state development and research purposes.
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The Department of Water produces a variety of publications to meet different information needs. Most of our publications can be accessed electronically via this web site.
Hard copies can be accessed by contacting your public or organisational library service, who can arrange an inter-library loan with the Department of Water's library. Most publications produced by the department are also available from the State Library of Western Australia. If you need information in alternative formats or have specific accessibility needs, please contact us for assistance.
Please note that reports, investigations and data are released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1992.
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