CWWA understands that this is enabling legislation and that the impact of the legislation will be determined through the provisions of the regulations to be promulgated under the Act as amended.
CWWA understands that there is both a public perception and a public expectation that situations potentially hazardous to the general public and society should be subjected to higher levels of security than has been the case in other periods, and that accordingly existing governing legislation may require amendment in order to achieve this.
Therefore CWWA, on behalf of municipal water and wastewater services, supports in principle, the provisions of the Bill as proposed.
CWWA believes though that the Committee should be aware in general and in particular, of the dependence of these municipal services on the reliable, prompt and economic transport of chemicals essential for the treatment of water, wastewater or for other operational processes. Changing the security aspects of the transportation of dangerous goods is likely to result in increased costs and possibly stretching supply chains and times. In most cases, the chemical supply chains servicing the municipal water and wastewater services operate on the “just-in-time” approach. As a result, there is little spare capacity in the supply chain, including the transportation element to respond to initiatives that may slow down, or make more complicated the delivery of chemicals and the return of “empty” containers.