Protecting Harris Dam's drinking water
Released 15 Mar 2007
The community is invited to have its say on a drinking water source protection plan aimed at ensuring the continued availability of safe, good quality drinking water.
The plan is part of a state-wide strategy being implemented by the Department of Water that identifies and protects drinking water sources throughout the state.
The Harris River Dam Catchment Area Draft Drinking Water Source Protection Plan was prepared by the Department of Water in consultation with other government agencies and key stakeholders.
Department of Water Acting Director General Paul Frewer said the Harris River Dam is the major water source for towns in the Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme, and can also supply Perth, Mandurah, the Goldfields, Harvey, Waroona and some other south west towns through the Integrated Water Supply System.
"The Harris Dam is located on the Harris River, and the catchment drains an area of about 325 square kilometres," Mr Frewer said.
"We encourage people to have their say about this important drinking water source."
"Many towns are dependent on this source to supply their drinking water, and we want to be sure everyone has had an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process," Mr Frewer said.
"It's important the community understands how this catchment works and how it should be managed so that they can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks."
The draft protection plan:
- identifies potential drinking water quality contamination risks from land use activities;
- recommends strategies to manage potential risks; and
- proposes a reservoir protection zone and priority classifications to ensure an appropriate level of protection of the water source.
Copies of the plan can be obtained from the Department of Water on tel: 6364 7600 or by visiting the website at www.water.wa.gov.au.
The draft plan will be available for public comment over the next six weeks.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441