Protecting Walpole's drinking water source
Released 28 Jun 2007
The Department of Water has released a drinking water source protection plan aimed at ensuring the continued availability of safe, good quality drinking water to the town of Walpole.
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 Walpole Weir and Butler's Creek Dam Catchment Areas Drinking Water Source Protection Plan was prepared by the Department of Water in consultation with other State Government agencies, the Shire of Manjimup, Water Corporation, landowners and key stakeholders.
Director of Water Resource Management for the Department of Water John Ruprecht a draft of the plan had previously been released for public comment.
"All submissions have now been received and the final Plan has been developed," Mr Ruprecht said.
"Walpole's drinking water supply comes from a weir on the Walpole River, and the Butler's Creek Dam supplements the source.
"The Walpole catchment drains an area of over fifty square kilometres and is part of the larger Walpole-Nornalup Inlet system.
"This is an important issue for the town because Walpole is dependent on these sources to supply their drinking water.
"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 protection plan:
- identifies potential drinking water quality contamination risks from land use activities;
- recommends strategies to manage potential risks whilst recognising the rights of landowners to continue established approved land use; and
- proposes special areas (catchment areas) be proclaimed to ensure an appropriate level of protection of the water source.
Copies of the plan are available from the Department of Water on 08 6364 7600 or from its website at www.water.wa.gov.au > water management > publications > water source protection plans and assessments.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441