INSTALLATION OF A SWIPE CARD SYSTEM AT ALLEN ROCKS

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INSTALLATION OF A SWIPE CARD SYSTEM AT ALLEN ROCKS
INSTALLATION OF A SWIPE CARD SYSTEM AT ALLEN ROCKS
WATER SUPPLY, KING ROCKS AND McCANN'S ROCK
What is a Swipe Card System?
A Swipe Card System is an electronic control system that allows the use of water supplies
to be managed to prevent unauthorised and/or excessive use. The decision as to who is
issued a swipe card is made by the shire. The highest priority would be to provide a water
supply for local farmers (particularly to meet livestock needs) and for activities like firefighting.
Each control system consists of four components:
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A stainless steel enclosure with an indicator light and two push buttons
A solar panel with regulator and battery
A water meter with pulse output
An electric solenoid or motorised valve
The water meter and solenoid are installed in the supply line after the existing
water meter while the controller and solar panel are normally installed on a
support structure.
Why install a Swipe Card system?
The use of a swipe card system;
 Ensures access to water is limited to the intended users, such as local farmers and
the shire. In the past excessive unauthorised water use has occurred at some
sites (for example by feedlots or mining companies)
 Allows control of how much water can be taken from the system to prevent single
users exhausting supplies
 Allows water use records to be recorded to help plan for future water needs and
manage the water supply sustainably
 A number of nearby shires have installed swipe card systems. This is likely to result
in some water carters travelling further to obtain water without restriction or cost.
Without a swipe card system in place this could place significant pressure on
uncontrolled water supply sites. As a result water could be unavailable to the local
community when they need it most.
Will I be charged for water?
 A swipe card system provides the option of charging for water use to provide funds
for the future maintenance needs of community water supply sites.
 The Shire of Kondinin has advised the Department of Water that they do
not intend to charge for water use.

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