Water and sewerage services
Under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, a water service includes:
- water harvesting or collection (e.g. dams, weirs, bores and direct extraction from watercourses)
- the transmission of water
- the reticulation of water
- drainage infrastructure other than for stormwater drainage
- water treatment and recycling.
Water service providers
In Queensland, water service providers include:
- drinking water service providers (mainly local governments)
- recycled water providers (who are not required to register as a service provider unless they also provide another water or sewerage service)
- bulk water service providers and water authorities.
Water authorities are divided into Category 1 and Category 2. Category 1 water authorities, Gladstone Area Water Board and Mount Isa Water Board also provide water to local councils for drinking water. Category 1 water authorities operate on a much larger scale than Category 2 water authorities.
Both categories are overseen by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME).
A sewerage service includes:
- the collection of sewage
- the transmission of sewage
- the treatment of sewage
- the disposal of sewage or treated effluent.
Role of the water supply regulator
The water supply regulator (i.e. the Director-General of DNRME) is responsible for regulating:
- water service provider performance
- drinking water quality and provision
- recycled water quality.
The regulator provides a framework for regulated water service organisations including:
- registration of water and sewerage providers
- monitoring of drinking water quality management plans through annual drinking water quality management plan reporting
- monitoring of ongoing drinking water quality incident reporting and management
- monitoring of ongoing recycled water quality incident reporting and management.
DNRME ensures that these systems are managed effectively and that regulated water service organisations understand and adhere to their obligations.
The Natural Resources Compliance Framework (PDF, 970KB) sets out the core principles that guide effective regulation.
- Read more about water service provider obligations.
- Last reviewed: 02 Dec 2019
- Last updated: 08 Jan 2020