The Department of Health and Human Services safeguards Victoria's drinking water supplies to both protect and enhance public health and wellbeing. To achieve this, the department ensures drinking water is delivered to Victorians by water businesses in accordance with the requirements of theSafe Drinking Water Act 2003 and the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2015.
Drinking water legislation
Drinking water is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 and the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2015.
Drinking water notifications
The department must be notified if drinking water does not comply with a relevant quality standard, or if it may pose a risk.
Drinking water and public health
Victoria’s drinking water provided by water suppliers is managed under a comprehensive regulatory framework.
Exemptions from drinking water quality standards
Water suppliers can seek exemptions under certain conditions.
Protecting water catchments
Landholders can improve water quality and protect public health in their catchment.
Reviewed 24 October 2021