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Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

Graham Marshall - Thursday, April 05, 2012

In order to provide an improved framework for good management of drinking water, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a new Australian Drinking Water Guideline (ADWG).

The new guideline applies particularly to small water supplies such as those found in remote communities, mine sites and offshore oil and gas installations.

The purpose of the new NHMRC guideline is to ensure the water is safe to drink.

The guideline addresses both the health and aesthetic aspects of good quality drinking water.

The advantage of the ADWG guideline is that it places emphasis on a preventive approach to managing water quality, with less reliance on water testing - which can be problematic for remote camps.

Thus the focus, in relation to small water supplies, should be on regular inspection of the system to check for any sources of contamination, and the use of a clean, unpolluted water source.

The new NHMRC Australian Drinking Water Guidelines can be found by clicking here (note PDF document is a little over 5 MEG so may take a few moments to upload).

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