Private water supply management

If you live in a rural area of the Northern Territory (NT), you may have your own private drinking water supply.

This could be a rainwater tank connected to your roof, or a tank connected to a nearby stream or bore.

This is different from a reticulated water supply such as that provided by the Power and Water Corporation. 

Private water supplies also don't include bottled or packaged water, as this is covered by the Food Standards Code.

For more information contact Environmental Health.

Safe drinking water

Drinking water must be safe for human consumption and must not contain either:

  • disease-causing microoganisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites
  • or chemicals at potentially harmful levels.

Get the guidelines for private water supplies (618.3 kb).

Drinking water transport

To find out about moving water safely and legally get the guidelines for drinking water transport (61.3 kb)

The guidelines include advice on sourcing water, cleaning and sanitising tanks and fittings, and what you need to record when transporting water.

Businesses using a private water supply

In the NT businesses rely on private water supplies. 

Businesses and facilities that provide drinking water to the public are responsible for making sure the water is safe. 

For more information read private water supplies: accommodation businesses or private water supplies in food businesses.

Last updated: 27 June 2017