Premier Carmen Lawrence has committed $250,000 over the next two years to a project aimed at providing a secure water supply for Carnarvon and its thriving horticulture industry.
Dr Lawrence announced the move at a meeting with the Carnarvon Development Council today.
The funds would be used to investigate alternative methods of recharging Gascoyne River aquifers to increase the water supply.
"Water is the key to stability and prosperity for horticulture in this region," Dr Lawrence said.
"To realise its full potential, producers need a secure, high-quality supply that is sustainable and commercially viable."
The Premier said the project was a recommendation of the Water Resources Reference Committee. The first stage was the construction of 20 monitor bores in the river channel in the area called Basin A and, if successful, to complete the pilot recharge program.
"If the result from the monitoring bores indicates that Basin A has limited potential, the prior stream storage option will be investigated to establish the extent of the aquifer and the feasibility of injection bores.
"The Government's commitment is aimed at ensuring security and reliability of water supplies to allow the community and the horticulture industry to prosper.
"The region already produces horticultural produce worth $38 million. A secure water supply is essential to add further value to the region."