Jurien groundwater allocation plan
Plan release information
The plan contains:
- Allocation limits, which define how much water is available from the Jurien groundwater area.
- Licensing policies for how groundwater resources will be allocated and managed.
- Objectives, strategies and performance indicators for monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of the plan.
- How we will implement the plan and evaluate information, includng implementation actions and the process for reporting on performance.
The Jurien groundwater allocation plan: evaluation statement 2010-2011 reported on the first year of implementation.
Water allocation planning in the Jurien area
Demand for groundwater from the Northern Perth Basin is increasing. Commercial growth in the mining industry, new horticultural projects, and expanding urban development along the coast is leading to competition for good quality, fresh water. Careful planning is needed to provide users with access to reliable water while meeting the needs of the environment in a drying climate.
The plan covers the Jurien groundwater area, which is 150 kilometres north of Perth and covers 5000 km2.
Along with the Gingin and Arrowsmith groundwater areas, Jurien is part of the Northern Perth Basin.
The groundwater resources in the plan are the unconfined superficial and surficial aquifers, fractured rocks and the semi-confined to confined aquifers of Mirrabooka, Leederville–Parmelia, Yarragadee, Cattamarra, Eneabba, Lesueur and Otorowiri.
For management purposes, the Jurien groundwater area is divided into five subareas –Badgingarra, Cervantes, Dinner Hill, Nambung and Watheroo.
Jurien groundwater plan area and subareas