WA volcano: Volcanic water could be pumped for water supply in north-west, east-central WA
A WA volcano has warned that if it is not properly monitored, it could cause more than $10 billion in damage to a remote community.
Key points:Volcanic ash is being pumped into the sea near the small town of Waikanae in south-west WAThe WA Government says it has no plans to remove any dams or dam structures in the regionThe WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has warned there is a risk of further eruptions at the small island of Waakawa in the Kimberley.WA’s Department of Environment and Water Resources says it does not have plans to move any dams on the remote island.WA Environment Minister Nick Gibb said the government was looking at options for addressing the threat posed by volcanic ash.
“We are taking this situation very seriously and have no plans at this time to remove dams or structures in this region,” he said.
“Our concern is that if we do not act quickly we could see further volcanic eruptions.”WA has experienced an increased number of earthquakes and ash flows, with one of the most significant recent events in August killing a resident in the town of Woomera.WA Government says no plans for removal of dams or dams structures on the island.
The WA Department of Water Resources (AWDR) said it has conducted a “thorough environmental assessment” of the area.
“There is a possibility that a volcano could erupt,” a spokesman said.
A WA Government spokesman said the WA Government had no plans yet to remove the dams or the structures in Woomeri.
“It is too early to assess the potential impact of this event on the environment in the community,” he told ABC News.
“However, we will be monitoring this carefully over the next few days.”
He said there was a risk the area could experience more volcanic eructions in the future.
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