Search Listing Details

Interest
Proclaimed Surfacewater Areas
Responsible agency
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Summary
Access to surface water is regulated under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 in order to manage water resources. 
Description

You may need a licence or permit from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) if you propose to take water from a surfacewater system or interfere with the beds and banks of a watercourse.

For further information on the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 please visit the water licensing page at the department's website.
To determine if there is an existing licence or permit on the selected area of land you can refer to the DWER’s Water Register as follows:

  • Open the Water Register
  • Use the menu “Find property” to identify the property of interest as the basis of the search for information. The property details are returned in the Results pane to the left of the screen and the map view adjusts to centre on the property.
    Note. Properties shaded in orange have a groundwater licence and may have an orange dot indicating the approximate location of the drawpoint. Properties shaded blue have a surface water licence and have blue points indicating the approximate location of the drawpoint.
  • Select the Map Identify tool in the toolbar and then click on the property to obtain a summary of that property; click on the summary ribbon to expand the result. If no licence exists for the property, the summary will show property details and groundwater/surface water resources only; if one or more licences exist for the property it will also show a licence number. Note that multiple groundwater resources (“aquifers”) may form layers beneath the property.
  • Click on an entry in the summary (for a property, a licence or a resource) to expand the information provided (use the up/down triangle symbol to expand/reduce the amount of detail shown), including:
    • property details – address, lot number, etc
    • details of an existing licence – including licence number, type and allocation
    • groundwater details - the groundwater area, subarea, aquifer and water availability (see the legend in Map Contents to the left of the screen ). Ensure the Groundwater Resources theme is ticked in the Map Contents pane to view groundwater information
    • surface water details - the surface water area, subarea, resource and water availability (note that the availability of water from each is colour-coded in the summary information – see the legend in Map Contents to the left of the screen). Ensure the Surface Water Resources theme is ticked in the Map Contents pane to view surface water information
  • For more advice on how the Water Register works and how to deal with the results, refer to the Welcome pane to the left of the screen and the Help menu choice at top-right. Facilities to accumulate results from multiple enquiries and to save and print results are described.

If you have any questions on using the Water Register you should contact wrl@water.wa.gov.au. If you have any questions regarding water licensing you can contact your regional DoW office.

Note that it is unsafe for people to drink untreated water drawn from surface water bodies and shallow groundwater (aquifers receiving direct recharge from the surface), especially where there is significant human activity or agriculture in the surrounding catchment. The acute health threat is from disease-causing micro-organisms. Chemical residues (detectable via scientific analysis) may also cause chronic health effects. Contaminant detection purely using our senses is unreliable. Refer to the publication Water quality protection note 41: Private drinking water supplies.

For more information contact our office on (08) 6364 7600, or see www.water.wa.gov.au.

Date updated
05/07/2017 17:34:14