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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 Link Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (external link).

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

Last Updated: March 12th, 2019
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