Water services legislation
Water services provided in Western Australia are currently regulated under the Water Services Act 2012. This Act was passed by Parliament in September 2012 and came into effect in November 2013.
The Water Services Act 2012 consolidates and streamlines legislation, which was previously distributed across nine Acts. The consolidated legislation replaces a complex and out-dated framework that had operated for more than a century. It reflects modern requirements of water service provision.
This Act enables water service providers to deliver water supply, irrigation, sewerage and drainage services. It facilitates easier entry of new water service providers to the market, allowing for increased competition in the water services industry.
The commencement of the Water Service Act 2012 required the issuing of guidelines, approval of the ombudsman scheme and identification of drainage assets (listed below).
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