Drinking water

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To protect public health, the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water closely monitors and regulates drinking water in Queensland.

The Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 applies to all drinking water service providers. This includes all councils or organisations, which own water infrastructure and intend to charge for the supply, involved in treating, transmitting or reticulating water for drinking purposes.

Water service providers are required to have a drinking water quality management plan (DWQMP) in place, and comply with the plan and any conditions placed upon the plan.

The department ensures that service providers' DWQMPs meet the requirements of the Act.

This guide outlines the obligations of drinking water service providers in Queensland.