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Links to Publications

The publications below are a wealth of information about standards of drinking water in Australia and the world.

Readers may be surprised to see a publication for Health Practitioners for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.  This publication may be of interest as it breaks down many water related health topics into easy to understand English.

The links are current as of the dates below and where possible they will be checked and updated accordingly.  However, if you link to the publications then you should consider that there may have been updates and the publications may not be current.  Generally, the bulk of the information in them will remain unchanged.

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Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, Fourth Edition

“The fourth edition of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality (GDWQ) builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.

It is the product of significant revisions to clarify and elaborate on ways of implementing its recommendations of contextual hazard identification and risk management, through the establishment of health-based targets, catchment-to-consumer water safety plans and independent surveillance.

This first addendum updates the fourth edition. Updates reflect new evidence and further, provides additional explanations to support better understanding and application of the guidance.”

Link/Info Date: 16/01/2018

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) – Updated October 2017

“The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) are designed to provide an authoritative reference to the Australian community and the water supply industry on what defines safe, good quality water, how it can be achieved and how it can be assured. The guidelines have been developed after consideration of the best available scientific evidence and provide a framework for good management of drinking water supplies to ensure safety at point of use. They address both the health and aesthetic quality aspects of supplying good quality drinking water.

The 2011 ADWG have been developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and undergo rolling revision to ensure they represent the latest scientific evidence on good quality drinking water. As sections of the Guidelines continue to be reviewed, the Table of Updates will be updated to provide the latest information.

Please refer to the NHMRC Public Consultation website for current invitations to make submissions relating to draft amendments of the ADWG, or for information about submissions made in previous public consultations.”

Link/Info Date:  16/01/2018

Guidance on use of rainwater tanks

“This guidance document provides information on the range of potential hazards which can threaten water quality, preventative measures which can be used to stop these hazards from contaminating rainwater, straightforward monitoring and maintenance activities, and, where necessary, corrective actions.

Guidance on use of rainwater tanks includes information on design and installation of rainwater tanks, as well as the potential of rainwater tanks to contribute to improved water conservation.”

Link/Info Date:  16/01/2018

Environmental Health Practitioner Manual: A resource manual for Environmental Health Practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

“This manual is designed as a field reference for Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) engaging with and working in remote Indigenous communities.

Health authorities recognise that many diseases experienced by Indigenous people are directly linked to poor environmental health conditions in their communities. If the overall health levels of Indigenous people are to improve, the environmental health and general living conditions that currently exist in many communities must be raised to a satisfactory standard. It is only by keeping people, homes and communities clean, hygienic and safe that the health of community members will be significantly improved. It is considered that this manual will assist EHPs in their community environmental health work. In this manual, EHPs are encouraged to make full use of local and regional environmental health technical expertise and specific information sources relating to community education and program management. This network includes Environmental Health Officers (EHOs), Environmental Health Supervisors, other Environmental Health Workers and Indigenous Environmental Health Practitioner training and education staff.”

Link/Info Date:  16/01/2018