WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption for Carnegie Wave Energy Limited for a water service on Garden Island
In accordance with section 7 of the Water Services Act 2012, the Hon Mia Davies MLA, Minister for Water, granted an exemption from the application of section 5(1) of the Act to Carnegie Wave Energy Limited (Carnegie) on 27 November 2014, in respect of the provision of a water supply service on Garden Island.
The water service is a potable water supply service. Seawater is desalinated in a reverse osmosis plant on Garden Island to potable water quality and delivered to the Department of Defence water supply network.
The exemption is granted subject to the condition that Carnegie meets the requirements of the Western Australian Department of Health regarding the public health aspects of the service.
The exemption is valid for an indefinite period.
Summary of the reasons for the decision
Granting this exemption is not contrary to the public interest. It is considered that--
• The risks of the abuse of monopoly power are low. Risks are appropriately managed through negotiated commercial agreements.
• The public health aspects of the service can be addressed by meeting the requirements of the Western Australian Department of Health.
• The regulatory burden imposed by licensing would be disproportionately high given the small scale of the service.
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