Many of our dams have great visitor facilities such as picnic areas, walk trails, look outs and birdlife and are a great spot for a day out.
Traditionally, Perth has relied heavily on our dams as a major water source. Because of declining rainfall and stream flows, our dams are now taking on a bigger role as storage reservoirs as we transfer water to them from climate independent sources like desalination and deeper groundwater. For this reason dams remain an important part of our water supply scheme.
Please note: There are also some instances when our dam recreation areas will be closed, particularly in summer when there may be a bushfire risk. Before planning a visit to one of our dams, phone us 24 hours on 13 13 75 or check our Facebook page for a post about dam closures.
We have 9 dams within the Darling Range that provide around one fifth of Perth’s water supply and most of the water distributed through the Goldfields and Agricultural region.
Please note: We are carrying out upgrade works at Stirling Dam, Harvey, between December 2016 and November 2017. The picnic area at the dam will be closed for the duration of the works, so please visit Logue Brook Dam or Harris Dam as alternatives.
Working together to keep our drinking water safe
It's no secret that safe drinking water is essential for life and we place the highest priority on providing safe drinking water for our customers. You can do your bit to help keep our drinking water safe, and protect the environment, by taking care and following the signs in our Public Drinking Water Source Areas. If you decide to visit one of our dams, please follow these simple rules to ensure you and your family have a fun, memorable, and safe experience:
- Obey directional and informational signs.
- Keep to pathways, roads and recreational areas.
- Be aware of uneven ground and walking hazards.
- Children must be within view of a responsible adult at all times.
- Dogs are not permitted on site.
- Do not climb walls, fences, bridges, pipework or other operational infrastructure.
- Do not trespass into signposted operational and ‘No Entry’ areas.
- Never attempt to operate taps, valves or controls.
- Do not deface safety and security signage.
- Keep emergency and operational access gates and roadways clear.
To ensure our drinking water supplies are protected, we restrict certain activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, marroning and bringing domestic animals inside our drinking water catchments. This is because people and domestic animals naturally carry pathogens that can be transferred into streams and reservoirs when they have contact with the water. The pathogens can be difficult to remove, putting our drinking water at risk and potentially making people sick. There are also restrictions on other activities such as off-road driving, camping, lighting fires and littering. Failure to comply with these rules may result in an infringement or prosecution.
All Perth’s metropolitan and regional dams are proclaimed Public Drinking Water Source Areas and are protected under the Metropolitan Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Act 1909, the Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 and the Water Services Act 2012. Access is not permitted on the reservoirs or in the streams flowing into it. Failure to comply may result in prosecution.
Please report unmarked safety hazards, suspicious behaviour or pollution to 13 13 75.
If you would like additional information about any of our dams, please feel free to call us on 13 13 85.