BD Water is aiming to make water trading in WA
easier and smoother for everyone.

A licence trade allows you to buy or sell groundwater allocations.

Trades can only be completed in the same water resource – the combination of groundwater sub-area and aquifer.

Most water resources in WA are over-allocated, so getting a new licence issued is unlikely. This creates the need for licence trading, and BD Water is aiming to be the platform that facilitates it.

Buyers

We can estimate how much water you will need to kick your project off the ground, and help you get that water licence.

Sellers

We can handle your licence sale and ensure a hassle-free transaction, as we secure the funds prior to trade lodgement.

Trading Rates History

AreaSub-areaAquiferPriceDate
SwanSouth SwanMirrabooka$5.50/kLFeb 2020
SwanSouth SwanSuperficial$5.10/kLJan 2020
SwanCentral SwanSuperficial$6.00/kLNov 2019
SwanCentral SwanSuperficial$5.20/kLAug 2019
SwanSouth SwanSuperficial$4.65/kLSep 2019
GinginElipse HillSuperficial$1.50/kLApr 2019

We can take care of the
whole licence trading process.

1

Matching buyers and sellers within the same groundwater sub-area and aquifer, and negotiating prices and quantities to reach an agreement within fair market value.

2

Lodging the application with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, handling all the paperwork according to the current regulations and guidelines.

3

Interfacing with DWER to provide support and additional information for the application.
Releasing the funds to the seller upon trade approval and licence transfer to the buyer.

BD Water Trading Platform

Trading water can be hard, we’re here to make it simple.

We are aiming to make the licence trading process simpler and smoother by developing the BD Water Trading platform.

Search for the resources available to your property, the licences you own, market rates and demand for your sub-area.
We believe this platform will allow you to better manage your water licences and make informed decisions on trading.

Water trading in perth for buyi.ng and selling water entitlements

BD Water Trading will be launching in early 2020

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No more headaches over licensing,
we can manage your water licence.

Understand water licensing

We want to share the right knowledge about the application process, regulations and policies that affect the water market, and bridge the issues that come with the lack of knowledge around water trading.

We learn more each day, and we are happy to share this information with anyone who wants to know about water licensing.

Find the right trade for you

Water is a precious resource and trading doesn’t come easy.

We know which water resources you are allowed to trade licences with, and we can find the right trade for you.
We have a vast network of confirmed buyers and sellers, and we also operate ongoing campaigns to find new trades.

Trade water smoothly

We are the only company in WA that can handle the entire process for you. It is possible for you to tackle this process yourself, however, we can make the process much simpler and more effective.

Our goal is to make the process as simple as possible, so we take care of the whole application and supporting documents.

You may not know us yet,
but we know about water licensing.

Simplicity

We will take care of finding you a buyer or seller, as required. You don’t need to cut through red tape or deal with the bureaucrats, our system is simple and straightforward.

Assurance

WA is constantly changing the regulations and policies surrounding water licence trading. You don’t need to brush up on those because you can be confident that we’re on top of it.

Network

Soon, you will be able to use the BD Water Trading Platform, an online app to connect water licence buyers and sellers and smooth negotiation and application processes.

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- Alarna Richards

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- Gregg McCumesky

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- David Saunders

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- Simon Starling

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Aquifer?

An aquifer is a body of water below the ground that is made of permeable rock, soil or clay that enables water to flow through it. Aquifers are generally referred to as confined and unconfined.

  • Unconfined Aquifers (eg. Superficial) are naturally able to transfer water with the environment around it, such as a river, lake or the ground surface above. These are generally closer to the surface. Due to the unconfined nature, these aquifers are readily accessed and can vary greatly in production quantity and quality.
  • Confined Aquifers (eg. Mirrabooka & Leederville) are separated and contained to a ground layer and area. These can still be extremely large, however, they are naturally sealed from other aquifers and environments, generally via an impermeable layer of clay, and should not blend with other aquifers. These bodies of water can still be accessed via a bore, although it is vital that they are sealed off during the drilling. As these bodies are enclosed, they can often produce very consistent production quantity and quality, usually at higher bore drilling costs, due to the depths and construction specifications required.
How do I buy/sell a licence?

Traditionally you’ll need to find a buyer/seller in the same water resource you’re allowed to trade with, and offer to buy/sell part or the full allocation. A water allocation can be transferred to an existing or a new licence. This water can then be relocated and used for different purposes.

Both parties have to fill out and submit Form 4T from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The trade will then go through due diligence with DWER, which usually takes multiple months before approved.

The process will look at the following:

  • Are you seeking to trade within your designated groundwater sub-area and aquifer?
  • What the allocation is currently used for?
  • Is the allocation is currently being fully utilised?
  • What is the new intent for the allocation?
  • Are there any environment incumbents?
  • Does the new owner of the allocation have the infrastructure in place to utilise the allocation or the financial capability to construct it?

 

Alternatively, you can talk to us. You can let us find you a buyer/seller for your trade, handle all the paperwork according to the current regulations and guidelines, and interface on your behalf with DWER. We will take care of the whole process.

 We make water licensing simple.

Do you represent the Department of Water?

No. BD Water is a private business and we do not represent the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

All information we provide is our own interpretation of their documentation and if unsure please confirm with DWER directly.

Can I trade licences with anyone?

Not with anyone.

You are only allowed to trade water within the same water resource. A water resource is the combination of groundwater area and sub-area & aquifer.

  • For the semi-confined aquifers Mirrabooka and Leederville, the trading range isn’t very restricted, as the sub-areas cover a wide geographical area.
  • For the Superficial aquifer, the groundwater sub-areas are geographical boundaries that put a more significant limit on the water resources. The same suburb can have 3-4 different sub-areas within itself.

You can check what water resource your property is in, and which licences you own, via this Department of Water and Environmental Regulation link. Alternatively, you can contact us to take care of all of this for you.

Our system makes it easy to find buyers or sellers, and you can be sure you are trading with parties you are allowed to.

Can I get a new water licence issued?

Generally, no.

The majority of areas and aquifers are over allocated, meaning there is more water being extracted from the ground then there is replenishing the supply (via rainfall). This means no more new licences are being issued, certainly not around the denser areas of Perth.

There are some cases where a temporary allocation may be issued but this is generally reserved for construction works or emergency situations.

Generally, the only option for getting an allocation is to trade it with someone else.

What is water licensing?

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation started regulating the water use in WA because, simply put, we’re taking more water out of the ground than what’s going back in. This results in water levels dropping.

 

A groundwater licence is one of the ways DWER monitors and manages the amount of water being abstracted.

Water licences allow their holders to take more groundwater that the unlicensed standard amount to irrigate 1/2 an acre (2000 square meters).