Drought Proofing Perth

Drought Proofing Perth

Western Australia Minister for Water Bill Marmion

10-Year Plan Launched To Drought-Proof Perth

Victor P Taffa

New plan outlines Water Corporation’s goal to drought-proof Perth
• $500 Million program to boost and protect groundwater sources

The Water Corporation will spend $500 Million over the next ten years to boost and protect Perth’s groundwater sources as part of its new ‘Water Forever Whatever the Weather’ plan.

Launched today by Water Minister Bill Marmion, the ten-year plan to drought-proof Perth’s water supplies focuses on developing new sources, increasing water recycling and programs to encourage more efficient water use.

The multi-faceted plan would build on the utility’s 50-year ‘Water Forever’ strategy released in October 2009.

“The new plan outlines what needs to be done over the first ten years to fully secure our water situation.” Mr. Marmion said.

The Minister said the plan would sustainably drought-proof Perth against a full range of climate scenarios. One of the highlights of the plan is a $500 Million program to help boost and protect groundwater sources.

“This new investment will see the Water Corporation transfer more of its groundwater abstraction to the deeper Perth Yarragadee, Leederville and coastal aquifers, which will have a positive impact on some wetlands and lakes.”

Mr. Marmion said that while Perth would have greater security of supply, residents were reminded that water is still a precious resource that needed to be conserved.

“Efforts must continue to use waster wisely and maintain the impressive savings achieved in recent years.” Mr. Marmion said.