Public Health Act 2010 and the
Public Health Regulation 2022 require drinking water suppliers to:
Penalties may now apply if these requirements are not followed.
NSW Guidelines for Water Carters will help water carters provide safe drinking water.
IB2013_003 Private Water Supplies and Water Carters details relevant legislation for Local Government and Public Health Units.
Water carters are a food business and must
notify their local council with their business details.
NSW Food Authority has information available for food businesses using non-reticulated water.
Water carters sourcing drinking water from Sydney Water can send questions to
The Regulation has record keeping requirements for water carters and water utilities supplying water to water carters. A water utility must make and keep for at least 6 months a record of the name, address and telephone number of each water carter to whom they supply.
A water carter must make and keep for at least 6 months a record of:
Drinking water carters must develop and adhere to a quality assurance program. A copy of the completed quality assurance program document must be provided to the local NSW Health Public Health Unit. Water carters may complete a
Water Carter QAP template or create their own.
Water Carters can refer to the
completed example QAP and the
NSW Guidelines for Water Carters to prepare their own QAP.