Rainwater Tanks and Bore Water

A large proportion of properties located within the Shire do not have access to scheme water and therefore rely on either rainwater or bore water. Some measures must be taken by the home owner to ensure the water they are using is safe for consumption.

Bore water

Bore water can become contaminated by natural processes and human activities as it moves through the ground. 

The Department of Health does not recommend the drinking of bore water unless it is professionally treated or tested on a regular basis. 

Bore water can be used safely for irrigation, flushing toilets, laundry and washing cars.

For more information about bore water, visit the Department of Health website.

Rainwater tanks on your property

Rainwater is essential in areas where scheme water is not available. 

Rainwater is safe to drink, provided it is carefully collected and stored appropriately.  It is common that rainwater supplies may become contaminated with animal droppings, chemical sprays and other debris. 

The Shire recommends that you monitor your rainwater supply and arrange regular maintenance of the whole system from roof to tank to tap to reduce the risk of contamination.

For more information on water tanks on your property, visit the Department of Health website.

See also: Water tank building permit requirements.

Aquatic facilities

The Shire undertakes monthly sampling of all public aquatic facilities to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities. 

Testing includes checking chlorine and pH levels and taking bacterial and amoebic samples for external analysis.

Environmental waters

Lake Leschenaultia is sampled on a regular basis by the Shire during the warmer months to ensure that bacterial and amoeba levels do not exceed the recommended limits. 

More information and contacts

For more information about water quality, please contact the Shire’s Health Services on 9290 6742 or email shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au.