Bunbury’s drinking water protection plan
Released 19 Sep 2008
A drinking water source protection plan has been released by the Department of Water to ensure the availability of safe, good quality drinking water for the South West regional centre of Bunbury and nearby Dalyellup.
The department's Director of Water Resource Management, John Ruprecht, said the plan identifies the boundary of the proposed Bunbury Water Reserve, which stretches approximately 12 kilometres along to the coast from the centre of Bunbury, to just south of Dalyellup.
Mr Ruprecht said the Bunbury Water Reserve Drinking Water Source Protection Plan was part of the department's strategy aimed at identifying and protecting drinking water sources throughout Western Australia.
A draft plan was developed in 2001 but was put on hold pending land use planning decisions in the area. These matters were determined and then reflected in the Greater Bunbury Regional Scheme 2007 – thus allowing the Department to complete the protection plan.
Preparation of the plan has included input from landowners, the City of Bunbury, the Shire of Capel, Aqwest, Department of Health and the Water Corporation.
"It's vital that the community understands where the water reserve is located, how it should be managed and how people can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks.
"Bunbury and Dalyellup's drinking water supply comes from Aqwest and Water Corporation production bores within the proposed reserve.
- identifies land uses, activities and risks to water quality within the reserve, and recommends management strategies to address those risks
- makes recommendations to improve protection in the reserve to ensure good quality water supply in the long term
- proposes priority classification areas to ensure an appropriate level of protection from incompatible land uses in the water reserve
- proposes wellhead protection zones be established around each of the production bores to protect water quality
Mr Ruprecht said major recommendations of the plan include:
- proclamation of the water reserve under the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 to enable by-laws to apply to potentially polluting activities
- incorporation of the plan into the City of Bunbury's and the Shire of Capel's town planning schemes to ensure that future land uses in the water reserve are compatible
- adoption of best management practices for existing land uses within the Bunbury Water Reserve.
Copies can be obtained from the Department of Water on tel: 08 6364 7600 or by visiting our web site at www.water.wa.gov.au / Water management / publications / plans and assessments.
The Department of Water manages and regulates Western Australia's water resources in consultation with other government agencies, key water user groups and the community.
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 041 991 0847