WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption for BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd for the provision of water services (potable and non-potable) to Newman and surrounds
In accordance with section 7 of the Water Services Act 2012, the Hon Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water, has granted an exemption from the application of section 5(1) of the Act to BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd (ABN 46 008 700 981) for the provision of potable and non-potable water services to Newman and surrounds.
The exempted water services involve the supply of potable water to the Water Corporation for public water supply to Newman town, as well as potable and non-potable water to other third parties for commercial and community recreational use.
The exemption will come into effect on the day it is published in the Government Gazette and is valid for a period of 18 months after this day or until a licence for the water services is granted, whichever is the sooner.
Summary of reasons for the decision
The provision of water services requires a licence or an exemption under the Water Services Act 2012.
Licensing will ensure a consistent regulatory framework for public drinking water supplies from source to tap.
The exemption is to cover the period of application for a licence.
Hon D. KELLY MLA, Minister for Water.