Protecting Sovereign Hill and Seaview Park's drinking water
Released 14 Mar 2007
Residents in Sovereign Hill and Seaview Park can enjoy a glass of water with the knowledge that its quality is the focus of Drinking Water Source Protection Plans developed by the Department of Water.
Developed in consultation with other agencies and representatives from local communities, the Department's program of protection plans is instrumental in ensuring Australian Drinking Water Guidelines are met, says Acting Director General, Paul Frewer.
"These plans are important for the largely rural-residential areas of Sovereign Hill and Seaview Park, where residents depend on the local borefields for their primary drinking water supply," he said.
"These borefields draw groundwater from a shallow unconfined aquifer within the Perth Sedimentary Basin.
"This means that that the quality of the groundwater needs to be protected from land uses within and adjoining these areas.
"The community – including adjacent landholders, need to understand how this groundwater source works and how it should be managed so they can help protect it from existing and future contamination risks," said Mr Frewer.
Planning approval for the Sovereign Hill and Seaview Park estates was based on water being supplied from private or community sources. These sources have now become part of the public water supply, creating the need for formally-established water reserves to adequately protect them.
"With proper management, particularly the use of best management practices, the aquifer can continue to support the needs of Sovereign Hill and Seaview Park," Mr Frewer said.
The Sovereign Hill Water Reserve - Drinking Water Source Protection Plan and Seaview Park Water Reserve Drinking Water Source Protection Plan were prepared by the Department of Water in consultation with key stakeholders including residents, adjoining landholders, the Shire of Gingin, the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and Water Corporation.
- identify potential drinking water quality contamination risks from land use activities;
- recommend strategies to manage potential risks whilst recognising the rights of landowners to continue established approved land use; and
- propose a special area (water reserve) be proclaimed to ensure an appropriate level of protection of the groundwater sources.
Copies of the plans are available from the Department of Water on 08 6364 7600 or from its website at www.water.wa.gov.au.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441