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Drinking water quality management plans

The purpose of a Drinking water quality management plan (DWQMP) is to implement a risk-management approach to maintaining drinking water quality.

There are no exemptions from preparing a plan; and the requirement can be brought forward at the regulator’s discretion.

In a plan, the provider:

  • gives details of the infrastructure of the registered service
  • assesses the hazards and hazardous events that may affect water quality
  • undertakes a risk assessment and documents the process for managing these risks
  • outline day-to-day operational requirements, including:
    • how mandatory criteria will be monitored
    • how operational and verification monitoring will be conducted, and
    • reporting arrangements to ensure safe water.

The finalisation schedule for the plans:

  • 1 July 2011 for large drinking water service providers
  • 1 July 2012 for medium drinking water service providers
  • 1 July 2013 for small drinking water service providers.

New providers (established after 1 July 2008) must have an approved plan in place within 12 months of registering as a service provider.

View detailed guides for preparing a plan and supporting information.

Plans must be approved by the Queensland Water Supply Regulator and will be subject to ongoing reviews and regular audits. Application forms are available.

Requirements prior to approval (Notice)

The provisions of the Act allowed time for providers to develop their DWQMPs. As such, not all providers are currently operating under an approved plan. The Regulator issued a Notice requiring providers to monitor and report on their drinking water quality.

The incident reporting provisions under the Notice, while slightly different to the provisions under the Act, are nonetheless comprehensive and also require reporting of all incidents.

Compliance is mandatory and remains in place until the provider has an approved DWQMP.

Related information

The risk-management approach recommended by the World Health Organisation and the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Last updated
17 January 2014