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Private Drinking Water Suppliers

Requirements & Guidelines


Persons who supply drinking water from a private or independent water source in the course of a commercial undertaking (e.g. business or facility) are required to comply with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (external link).


Compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines is required under the Public Health Act 2010 (Act) and Public Health Regulation 2012 (Regulations). This can generally be achieved by adhering to the contents of the NSW Health Private Water Supply Guidelines (external link).


The Act and Regulations require drinking water suppliers to develop and adhere to a quality assurance program (or drinking water management system) from 1 September 2014. Further information about the quality assurance program and the responsibilities for affected businesses and facilities may be obtained from NSW Health (external link).




Types of Businesses or Facilities 


Examples of businesses or facilities which may use private water supply include:


  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Farm stay accommodation
  • Wineries
  • Home based childcare centres 




Examples of Private Water Supplies


Examples of private water supplies include:A rainwater tank is an example of a private water supply


  • Rainwater tanks
  • Bore water
  • Dam water
  • Water carters




Water Carters


linkWater filling stations (internal link).




Fact Sheets


LinkNSW Health Rainwater Tanks brochure and information sheet (external link).

Last Updated: December 8th, 2016
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