WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption for Edna May Operations Pty Ltd for the provision of a water service in the township of Westonia
In accordance with section 7 of the Water Services Act 2012, the Hon Mia Davies MLA, Minister for Water, has granted an exemption from the application of section 5(1) of the Act to Edna May Operations Pty Ltd for the provision of a sewerage service to third parties in the town of Westonia.
Edna May Operations Pty Ltd operates a wastewater treatment plant in the township of Westonia, which provides reticulated sewerage to its accommodation village (for its employees and contractors). The wastewater treatment plant also services several private dwellings and the Westonia Caravan Park. 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 regulatory burden imposed by licensing would be disproportionately high given the small scale of the service.
• The risk of Edna May Operations Pty Ltd exploiting its monopoly power is very low. The service is operated on a not-for-profit basis.
• The public health aspects of the service are regulated under the Health Act 1911.
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