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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 Table 1: Achieving the required free chlorine residuals for cleaning purposes. Volume of Water Household bleach 4% available chlorine Sodium Hypochlorite liquid 12.5 % available chlorine Swimming Pool Chlorine 65 % available chlorine 5 mg/L 10 mg/L 5 mg/L 10 mg/L 5 mg/L 10 mg/L 5 litres 0.63 ml 1.25 ml 100 litres 12.5 ml 25 ml 4 ml 8 ml 0.8g 1.6g 1000 litres 125 ml 250 ml 40 ml 80 ml 8 g 16 g 5000 litres 625 ml 1.25 L 200 ml 400 ml 40 g 80 g 10 000 litres 1.25 L 2.5 L 400 ml 800 ml 80 g 160 g Notes: 1. If using household bleach, ensure it does not contain fragrances or detergents, if using swimming pool chlorine ensure that it does not contain isocyanuric acid. (Swimming pool chlorine containing isocyanuric acid is not effective in enclosed tanks, and therefore should not be used. Fragrances and perfumes contained in household bleach can lead to health effects if ingested, and therefore plain household bleach should be used). 2. Mix the chlorine with water in a plastic bucket in the open air prior to adding it to the tank and wear appropriate protective clothing. Always add chlorine to water, not water to chlorine. 3. When cleaning the tank, be aware that there might be occupational health and safety requirements if entry into the water container is required. For more information see the NT WorkSafe Bulletin on confined spaces. http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/corporate/bulletins02.shtml. Page 9 of 10 Department of Health is a Smoke Free Workplace http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/corporate/bulletins02.shtml