Private Drinking Water Supplies

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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.

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.

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 can be obtained from NSW Health.

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 include:

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