Drinking Water

All businesses and community groups that rely on a private water supply for drinking water must take all reasonable precautions to ensure the water is safe for human consumption. Private water supplies, including water pumped from rivers, creeks, bores, dams and rainwater tanks, may contain a wide range of disease-causing microorganisms and harmful chemicals if the water is not treated correctly.

The guidelines on the Department of Health website provide information to help food and accommodation businesses to ensure their water supply is safe for food preparation and human consumption.

This information may also be useful to homeowners with concerns about water quality from private sources. 

Are you looking for information about private drinking water supplies or where to access bulk treated water? Visit our Private Drinking Water Supplies page.