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Tap In - Environmental impacts


Thank you to everyone who contributed to Tap In. Environmental impacts of our water services were raised as an important issue. You told us that your concerns were related to reducing water use and depletion of our water sources

You also said that environmental responsibility is important when considering investment in assets and infrastructure.

Currently, we are analysing the large number of responses received in conjunction with the formal research. Then we’ll come back with some suggested options on how we could use this feedback.



Thank you to everyone who contributed to Tap In. Environmental impacts of our water services were raised as an important issue. You told us that your concerns were related to reducing water use and depletion of our water sources

You also said that environmental responsibility is important when considering investment in assets and infrastructure.

Currently, we are analysing the large number of responses received in conjunction with the formal research. Then we’ll come back with some suggested options on how we could use this feedback.


Phase 2 of Tap In ‘Tell Us More’ is now complete. Phase 3 ‘Help us shape the future’ is coming soon.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

I am extremely concerned about yours and other users over extraction from the Gnangara Aquifer.
The Corporation has been aware of the permanent environmental and ecological damage occurring but has ignored your immense responsibilities continuously for many years.
Strong policing of bore licence uses and recharging of the aquifer have been desperately needed and this responsibility ignored by the Corporation. Shame on you for letting down our community as the only body in a position to correct the situation.
A new or enlarged recycling plant should have been constructed for the purpose many years ago. As long as 10 years ago I commenced agitating for recycling and recharging and successive ministers have simply ignored my advice.
You should have done better. Act now before it is too late.

groundwater bob 3 months ago

Recycling naturally filtered (via wetlands, swales etc,) storm water from urban landscapes should be increased to allow natural recharge of groundwater, lakes or rivers. It also an environment / habitat for flora and fauna. I would like to see more of these systems around

sally 4 months ago

We need to implement more water recycling programmes and systems. They need to be more cost effective for households to install.

Sue 4 months ago

Despite the arid climate and increasingly unreliable rainfall, our political leadership can't bring itself to make the cost of water a realistic reflection of its inherent value. The economic and environmental costs of using potable water for industry, recreation space, gardens, etc are being shifted to future generations. We have to change the economic model so that potable water is very expensive and that alternative sources can be competitive for other uses. Many of the environmental impacts can be avoided if the economics of waste water treatment, recycling, storm water harvesting, et al can be improved and potable water becomes the option of last resort, not the first choice.

Jack_D 4 months ago

Over fertilisation: encourage households, shires and businesses to use fertlisers, pesticides and herbicides that are friendly to the waterways and marine life. Develop a tick/approval program similar to waterwise rating to indicate level of safety in products that make their way into the waterways.

Tasha99 4 months ago

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Tasha99 4 months ago

Removed by moderator - this was a duplicate comment. Please refer to moderation rules

Tasha99 4 months ago

Removed by moderator - this was a duplicate comment. Please refer to moderation rules

Tasha99 4 months ago

Over use of fertilisation - encouraging shires and businesses to use waterway friendly fertlisers and pesticides/herbicides. Educate home owners on damage they cause and which ones are safe. Start a tick/approval program similar to waterwise rating for fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides etc. that make it into the waterways through storm drains etc.

Tasha99 4 months ago

Solar Technology requires a clear path North of Sites, some regional land. The location of these sites is, for example at the top of a hill (for a water tank) or bores located in reserves (or forests) and the removal of trees is typically too difficult. Consideration is required to allow an area of land north of these sites to be cleared allowing for solar infrastructure, or alternatively a cost analyses for the use of solar panel masts for which the installation of grid supply (Western Power/Horizon Power) may be more cost effective.

AquaDoc 4 months ago

I understand Councils are actively reducing their water usage at the present time. I think at both local and state levels helping people understand the actual situation regarding availability of water for use in the state, including sources and challenges, is the critical issue. People are not stupid if the information is provided to suit the ways they communicate these days. This survey is far to complex and has too many items on offer all at once, with different ways to respond in each case. It is not likely, in my view, to maximise the number of responses you really need to get a feeling for what the community thinks.

Penny 4 months ago

The new planning designs codes (2015) are alarming. No permeable surface is required on new housing developments! This is an environmental and planning disaster. It must be rectified immediately. Depletion of aquifers must not be allowed; bad agricultural practices need to be curtailed and water must be priced properly with high and wasteful users paying through the nose. We must protect our remaining natural ecosystems and biodiversity. This means protecting our remaining wetlands (which are being cleared at a rate of 2 football ovals Per DAY) and stopping the depletion of our aquifers. We are consuming way too much water in Perth and the population must not be allowed to grow as long as overconsumption continues. Boreholes need to be metered and highly regulated. Clearing of native vegetation in Perth must stop; continued clearing will affect the microclimate and the hydrologic cycle. Perth will be one of the places hardest hit by climate change. What are our successive governments doing to protect our ground water and related ecosystems?! Not a whole lot....

Heidi 5 months ago

What portion of water supply cost relates to energy? There is an overall cost, but what about the component cost, for example, energy costs for desalination, and large scale overland pumping? Is any of this cost mitigated by renewables?

Pauly 5 months ago

I'd love to see more native gardens in line with their surrounding bushlands to support their local native flaura and fauna and perhaps some kind of rebate or incentive for people to redo their gardens this way? Or at the very least send out some information with ideas and guides on each area and what can be planted to best support this.
So many of our beautiful native birds are becoming endangered because we have removed their natural habitat :( :(

Kimbolism 5 months ago

I am concerned about the future of housing and the number of units being build on blocks of land.
The rezoning has allowed 3 to 4 units or more on a block of land in suburbs and even apartments.
This style of future progress in housing does not have any front or backyard and no room for rain water tanks as all the housing are practically joined up and no space between neighbors.
So how is the water corp planning for mass development in the future when the developers of housing will be chasing the large blocks to carve up.
More housing means more water usage.
Bore water users should be on water bans as well.
Some think they have a bore and can use it when they like.
Also sprinklers in industrial areas should be banned.
Some companys use sprinklers to water a verge and leave it on during water ban times.
Waste of water just to water a verge.

Also a local issue... why has it taken so long to fix the sewerage smell.... The craigie pong....over at the water treatment plant..... getting a part from overseas is the reason we have been told for a delay while we have to smell sewerage inside our homes. i can smell it when the air is cool and still
Dont they make parts in australia????

LORR 5 months ago

Also encourage more native gardens, use of lawn is ridiculous in the climate.

emac 5 months ago

Yes. The widespread spraying of glyphosate a poison and a probable carcinogen according to the WHO is contaminating our water supply, and environment. It is been found in our drinking water, and what it does to peoples gut, as well as what it is doing to our wildlife and environment is detrimental. How have you approached this issue. I recommend you watch GMO revealed to get an idea of the impact this has on your health, your children's health and our future generations.

emac 5 months ago

I would like to see more advocacy towards and transparency about the impact quarries have on runoff quantities, and the (lack of) enforced rehabilitation (to former runoff quantities) of retired quarries in the darling scarp.

Fayls 5 months ago

Government should control essential services without sub contractors.

Colin F 5 months ago

Agree with Darns71. Even if all homes just have a rain water tank to just flush the toilet. Do the maths. There are 700,000 homes in Perth. If 1 x toilet per home is flushed 10 times a day x 7 litres a flush = 490,000 litres a day that could be saved. (178,850,000 litres per annum)
The Government could subsidise or introduce low cost loans for a purpose built rainwater 'dunny tank' for every household (including older homes). New housing estates this should be compulsory.
WATER FROM UP NORTH. The Water Authority should do the maths regard piping water to Perth from the Ord River Scheme. Have heard varying costs (up to $17 litre). Once the pricing is known then (1) we will know if it feasible.(2) Once pricing known and it is feasible - do it. If not - move on to something else and stop this debate.
Good ideas by all contributors - thanks for taking an interest.
Alan59 (and grumpy)

Harpo 5 months ago