New Laws for Businesses using their Own Water

New Laws for Businesses using their Own Water
Businesses using water that is not drawn from a town water supply are being reminded that they now need to have a ‘Quality Assurance Program’ to ensure the safety of the drinking water they provide to customers.

The new requirement came into effect on 1 September 2014 under the NSW Public Health Act 2010.

Having a quality assurance program will help businesses protect the health of their customers by addressing any risks to their drinking water supply.

Operators have a responsibility to provide safe drinking water. Serious outbreaks of illness can occur as a result of people drinking contaminated water from private water supplies

Senior Environmental Health Officer, Tony Kohlenberg said the new laws apply to anyone who supplies water to customers in the course of their business, whether it comes from a river, creek, dam, bore or rainwater tank.

“Each year thousands of people visit facilities that rely on private water supplies, such as Caravan Parks, School Camps and tourist attractions,” Mr Kohlenberg said.

“Operators have a responsibility to provide safe drinking water. Serious outbreaks of illness can occur as a result of people drinking contaminated water from private water supplies.”

Documents to assist businesses to understand and comply with the laws are available from the NSW Health website at:

Business operators can access templates designed specifically for their business type such as camping grounds, guest houses, cafes and general stores.

“Once a business has developed its own quality assurance program a copy is required to be sent to the North Coast Public Health Unit,” said Mr Kohlenberg.


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