Despite an image as a dry state, Western Australia has been historically blessed with high quality and plentiful groundwater resources. Perth has avoided tough water restrictions largely because we have been able to rely on the Gnangara and Jandakot mounds for up to two-thirds of the city’s drinking water supply.





But many of our best groundwater resources are drying up. The water in these aquifers is recharged by rainfall, but when we take too much water too fast, and modify the landscape so that less water percolates down, this combines with the drying climate to cause these aquifers’ decline.


We ought to be able to reply on the Department of Water to research, monitor and regulate our ground and surface water resources in a fair, timely and transparent way. Water is arguably our most precious public resource – one that will determine the future health, viability and enjoyment of generations to come.


Yet the Barnett Government has sidelined this Department as a virtual irrelevance, slashing its already- overstretched resources, and allowing numerous key water planning and reporting documents to be withheld from the public domain.


The Greens have consistently asked numerous questions in Parliament, exposing the Department’s abject failures to carry out its own policies on metering water use and efficiency, and to ensure compliance and ensure the sustainable allocation of our water resources. In 2012, the Greens wrote to the WA Auditor-General urging for another review of the Department’s actions — this would be the third such review of the Department since 2003 and is greatly needed.



Authorised by Jess McColl & Trish Cowcher, the Greens (WA), Ground Floor 445 Hay St Perth