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Guidelines for drinking water transport in the Northern Territory



Guidelines for drinking water transport in the Northern Territory

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Northern Territory. Department of Health


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The purpose of these guidelines is to specify public health requirements for water carters delivering drinking water to domestic and commercial customers in the Northern Territory.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


The Department of Health acknowledges and thanks the Environmental Health Branch of the NSW Department of Health and the Department of Health, Victoria. This publication is based on the NSW Health Guidelines for Water Carters (27 January 2005) and the Guidelines for Potable (Drinking) Water Transport in Victoria.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Introduction -- Legal obligations -- Water quality - Australian drinking water guidelines - Treatment -- Water tank and vehicle - Transport of drinking water - Water transport vehicle construction -- Cleaning -- Record keeping - Delivery record




Drinking water -- Standards -- Northern Territory; Drinking water -- Health aspects -- Northern Territory; Water quality management -- Northern Territory; Water supply -- Northern Territory -- Management

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Northern Territory Government

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10 pages ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 2. LEGAL OBLIGATIONS A person transporting and selling drinking water has both a legal obligation and a duty of care to ensure that the supplied water is protected from contamination during loading, transporting and delivery. A water transport vehicle is defined as a food transport vehicle under the NT Food Act and drinking water is defined as a food in the NT Food Act. Section 7 of the NT Food Act defines the meaning of food and states that food includes: (a) any substance or thing of a kind used, or represented as being for use, for human consumption (whether it is live, raw, prepared or partly prepared) (b) any substance or thing of a kind used, or represented as being for use, as an ingredient or additive in a substance or thing referred to in paragraph (a) A water carter is required to be registered as a proprietor of a Food Business in accordance with the NT Food Act. For further information on Food Business registration, including registration forms and Environmental Health contacts please visit the Environmental Health Website http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Environmental_Health/Food_Safety/index.aspx The NT Food Act requires compliance with the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Code. Section 20 of the NT Food Act states that: 1) A person must comply with any requirement imposed on the person by the Food Standards Code in relation to carrying on a food business or to food intended for sale or food for sale. Of particular importance for water carters are Standard 3.2.3 Food Premises and Equipment and Standard 3.2.2 Food Safety Practices and General Requirements. Page 5 of 10 Department of Health is a Smoke Free Workplace