WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption of the Preston Valley Irrigation Co-operative Ltd for the provision of a water service in the region of Donnybrook
In accordance with section 7 of the Water Services Act 2012, Hon Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water, has granted an exemption from the application of section 5(1) of the Act to the Preston Valley Irrigation Co-operative Ltd for the provision of a non-potable water supply service to third party customers and for the provision of irrigation and non-potable water services to its members.
The exempted water services are represented by the supply of irrigation water to property owners in the Donnybrook area for the irrigation of pasture, crops and fruit trees, and the supply of non-potable water to property owners in the Donnybrook area for domestic non-potable use.
The exemption will come into effect on the day it is published in the Government Gazette and 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 water services.
• The risk of the Preston Valley Irrigation Co-operative Ltd exploiting its monopoly power is very low. The water services are operated for benefit of the members of the Preston Valley Irrigation Co-operative Ltd.
• The water services represent a low risk to public health as the supply is sourced from surface water and is not used for potable purposes.
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