To minimise risks and keep your water supply system safe:
- make sure your drinking water comes from a good-quality source
- regularly maintain your water supply system
- where required use the right treatment steps.
Before establishing a new private water supply, you should consult your local council to obtain any approvals that may be required.
A licence is normally required from the Land and Water Division of Department of Primary Industries under water management legislation to install a bore and extract water, and may be required for the pumping of water from a river or creek.
The Public Health Act requires all commercial operators of private water supplies to submit to NSW Health a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) before operating a water supply.
A private drinking water supply system includes everything from the collection of the source water to the point where the water reaches the consumer. A QAP will include information as follows:
- Planning on how to respond to problems in the water supply system
- Understanding hazards to your water sources
- Any water treatment to remove or control any contamination
- Monitoring and checking on the quality of the water and the integrity of the water system
- Public warnings for treated and untreated systems when water may not meet health guidelines