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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 4. WATER TANK AND VEHICLE 4.1 Transport of drinking water Water transport vehicles, containers and fittings used to cart drinking water must not be used for carting reclaimed water, toxic or hazardous chemicals, non-food liquids, and human or animal wastes. Vehicles used to cart consumable liquids, should be subject to a thorough and appropriate cleaning and sanitising process before transporting drinking water. 4.2 Water transport vehicle construction The water transport vehicle must be designed and constructed to prevent possible contamination of the water and must be able to be effectively cleaned. The vehicle must comply with the following: Constructed of a suitable material (Food grade plastic, stainless steel, fibreglass, aluminium or coated mild steel) All surfaces that may come in contact with drinking water must be made of a material that will not contaminate the water. See AS/NZ4020: 2005 Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water Any fitted water hoses or pipes must be suitable for contact with drinking water and easy to clean, as detailed in AS/NZS 4020:2005 Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water Be fitted with appropriate backflow prevention mechanisms to protect against contamination or cross-contamination. Details of appropriate backflow prevention mechanisms and the necessary certification practices are detailed in AS 3500.1: 2003 Plumbing and Drainage - Water Services Able to be fully drained and having a sufficient opening for inspection and cleaning of contact surfaces Signs installed on each side and the rear of the tank that read Drinking Water in letters at least 100 mm high. Hoses and fittings must be stored in a safe and hygienic manner during transport and when not being used, to protect them from contamination. Page 7 of 10 Department of Health is a Smoke Free Workplace