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Water carting is sometimes the only reliable source of potable (drinking quality, fit for human consumption) water.

Maintaining high quality product free from contaminants is vital because contaminated water is an easy way to cause illness.

Water carters that supply drinking water are a food business and need to meet food standards.

Licensing, registration

Water carters need to notify the local council of their business and food activity details. 

Notification is satisfied by notifying councils via applications for services, permits and approvals.

Hygiene safety controls

Water carters need to meet the quality assurance program provisions of the NSW Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2022.

You need to have a documented quality assurance program (QAP). NSW Health have developed a QAP template to get carters started.

Equipment needs to be of an appropriate standard and maintained.

You need to keep records.

NSW Health has developed a summary guide to assist in meeting these requirements:

There may also be specific requirements imposed by water utilities or councils as a condition of access to their water supplies and requirements for water carting vehicles required by local councils under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

Carters also need to comply with relevant requirements of the Food Standards Code and Food Act 2003.

Legislation & standards

Water carters need to comply with requirements in:

  1. Food Act 2003 (NSW)
  2. Food Standards Code 
  3. Public Health Act 2010 (NSW)
  4. Public Health Regulation 2022


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