Strategy sets course for City’s water management
An overarching strategy aimed at guiding the future of water use and management in Karratha has been adopted by City councillors
Last week, City of Karratha councillors unanimously voted to adopt the Karratha water management strategy, a document that deals with all aspects of local water matters, from efficient water usage to flooding and drainage.
The guide includes a summary of current City water management procedures, prioritises actions to improve them, and provides a framework for future developments.
It has been adopted as an addition to the City’s previous water efficiency action plan.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the strategy was designed to provide the extra planning needed to address a particular set of local water issues, from the everyday to the large-scale.
“We need to ensure we have enough water for people to drink and use around home, but we also know that flooding and drainage issues are significant issues around the City,” he said.
“This plan gives us a strategic framework for how we manage our water resources in the City, which will be used to guide planning policies and decision-making.”
Mr Long said the next step was for officers to work on the priority projects set out in the strategy, building on flood mapping and draining work already done.
The strategy was drawn up with guidance from the Department of Water, and director of regions Richard Newman welcomed it as an example of local governments integrating water management within their wider local planning work.
“This strategy is relevant to local issues and is tailored to local and surrounding site information,” he said.