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No. 174. 20-Nov-2015
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Exemption Notice

Exemption for the City of Mandurah from section 5(1) of the Water Services Act 2012 for a water service provided to St Damien's Catholic Primary School

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 City of Mandurah for the provision of a water service to St Damien's Catholic Primary School (1 Nyabing Pass, Dawesville).

The water service is a non-potable water supply which is provided to St Damien's Catholic Primary School for the irrigation of its sporting oval. At the Caddadup Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is owned and operated by the Water Corporation, secondary treated wastewater is disposed of via infiltration basins (into an unconfined aquifer). The City of Mandurah will source infiltrated wastewater from the Caddadup Wastewater Treatment Plant (located on Lot 1955 Old Coast Road, Dawesville) via several bores, for its supply to St Damien's Catholic Primary School.

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 City of Mandurah 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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