WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption for the Shire of Northampton for the provision of a water service to the town of Port Gregory
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 the Shire of Northampton for the provision of a water service to Port Gregory.
The water service is a non-potable water supply which is provided to approximately 50 properties including the local caravan park. The water supply is used for non-potable purposes only i.e. in the ablution facilities and for the irrigation of gardens. An exemption for this service was originally granted in 2009, under the Water Services Licensing Act 1995. The nature and operation of the service has not materially changed since the time that the original exemption was granted.
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 the Shire of Northampton 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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