Water licence fees come into effect July 1
Released 29 Jun 2007
Water licence administration fees come into effect on July 1 but most owners of farm dams and domestic bores will not need to pay the fee.
Acting Director General for the Department of Water Paul Frewer said the fee only applies to licensed water users who used more than 1,500 kilolitres of water a year.
"Around 95 per cent of farm dams in the State do not require a licence and therefore will not be paying the licence administration fee," Mr Frewer said.
"Most bore owners are not required to license their bores and only licensed bores that draw in excess of the 1,500 KL will need to pay a fee."
Mr Frewer said less than 1000 farm dams required a licence in Western Australia and this was because they took their water from proclaimed streams or rivers.
"Only farm dams that draw in excess of 1,500 KL of water a year from a proclaimed water course, need a licence," he said.
"The figure of 1,500 kL is based on the amount of water needed to maintain a 0.2 hectare garden for a year; supply an average household with water; and to provide water for a small number of animals. Put another way, it is sufficient water for domestic use.
"A water licence provides security of access to a scare resource and is a valuable asset for any farmer."
Mr Frewer said licence administration fees were set on a scale, with larger users of water paying more for a licence than small users.
"Water licensing is a management tool. It ensures that water is allocated, protected and managed sustainably. All monies raised will be used to offset the cost of administration.
"Where farmers have constructed large dams in order to drought-proof their properties they will be asked to pay a fee based on the amount of water they draw rather than the capacity of their dams."
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