WATER SERVICES ACT 2012
Exemption for the City of Greater Geraldton for a water service provided to the Mullewa Township
In accordance with section 7 of the Water Services Act 2012, the Hon Mia Davies MLA, Minister for Water, granted an exemption from the application of section 5(1) of the Act to the City of Greater Geraldton on 3 July 2015, for the provision of a water service to the Mullewa township.
The City of Greater Geraldton provides a sewerage service to around 26 customers in the town of Mullewa. Effluent is collected from septic tanks and piped (gravitates) to a single facultative evaporation pond.
The licensing exemption will not affect the application of other regulatory provisions, such as those imposed under the Health Act 1911 and the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
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 very small scale of the service.
• The risk of the City of Greater Geraldton exploiting its monopoly power is very low. The service is operated on a not-for-profit basis.
• The service poses minimal risk to public health and the environment.
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