Water Minister for WA, Mia Davies, has released the State Government’s draft report into the management of South West water supplies and called on the public to provide input.

“I am pleased to present Water Forever: South West Draft Plan, which has been developed with input from councils, communities and customers throughout the region over the past year,” Ms Davies said.

“The draft plan details options and opportunities for developing new water sources, reducing water use, and increasing water recycling.”

The Minister said drinking water supplies for the South West were secured in the medium term but by 2060 the demand for water could surpass supply.

“Even though that may seem a long way off, we need to plan for a portfolio of options that can meet the challenges of a drying climate combined with a growing population in the future,” she said.

“The Water Corporation has already completed extensive engagement with the community – including government and industry – on how it can best meet these challenges.”

“I now encourage everyone to take the opportunity to review the study and comment on the potential options proposed for the region during this final stage of the planning.”

The draft plan and details on how to provide feedback are available online. The public comment period is open until 16 December, 2014, and the final 50-year South West water supply plan will be released after community feedback has been considered.

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