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Question Without Notice No. 1540 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 December 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 December 2019

MILLSTREAM WATER RESERVE — PILBARA

1540. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the Millstream Water Reserve water supply in the Pilbara.

(1) What is the current level of Harding Dam?

(2) What is the current status of the 12 bores within the water reserve?

(3) Is the minister aware of any issues pertaining to the supply of water across the Pilbara region; and, if yes, will he please list them?

(4) Does the department have plans to ensure a stable water supply for Karratha if there is a lack of rainfall over the next 12 months; and, if yes, will the minister table those plans?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Water.

(1) Harding Dam is currently at 22.34 per cent capacity and holding just under 14 billion litres of water as of yesterday.

(2) Six bores are currently in use supplying water to the west Pilbara water supply scheme. Four bores are currently not in use due to salinity issues. The remaining two bores are currently awaiting mechanical repairs.

(3) Yes. Given that the west Pilbara region has experienced very dry wet seasons over the last two years, Harding Dam has not received the streamflow needed to supply the town. The minister is aware that due to insufficient capacity, Harding Dam is expected to be taken offline by the end of the month.

(4) The current Millstream and Bungaroo water sources will be capable of supplying the west Pilbara water supply scheme over the next 12 months.