former Standing Council on Environment and Water

(incorporating the National Environment Protection Council)

EPHC Archive - Water

Caution: archived content

Information previously available on the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) website (www.ephc.gov.au) is listed in this archive. These pages are no longer being maintained or updated but remain here as an archive for your information.

The ongoing drought in Australia means that it is important that we use water wisely and efficiently.   The EPHC is assiting in this aim through its involvement in a number of projects under the National Water Quality Management System (NWQMS).  These include the development of Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling, the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme and National Guidelines for Residential Customer Water Accounts.


Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling

The Environment Protection and Heritage Council, the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council have developed guidelines for the safe use of recycled water.

Case studies for Managed Aquifer recharge Risk Assessments are available at:www.clw.csiro.au/publications/waterforahealthycountry/2010/wfhc-MAR-case-study-risk-assessments.pdf

Managing health and environmental risks

Water recycling

Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies

Stormwater harvesting and reuse

Managed Aquifer Recharge


Fresh and Marine Water Quality Guidelines

National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) Document 4:Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (the Water Quality Guidelines) and Document 7: Australian Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting 2000 (the Monitoring & Reporting Guidelines) are available at: www.mincos.gov.au/publications/australian_and_new_zealand_guidelines_for...

These documents are key resources for managing water quality and protecting aquatic ecosystems in Australia and New Zealand.

The documents are currently under revision. Comments on the proposed scope of Phase 2 of the revision were sought by 3 December 2010, however feedback on the revision is welcome at any time. You can provide your comments to exec@ephc.gov.au


National Guidelines for Residential Customers Water Accounts - 2006

Council endorsed the 'National Guidelines for Residential Customers' Water Accounts - 2006, which were developed as part of the National Water Initiative. These guidelines provide a significant opportunity to engage customers in water conservation through informative water bills.


National Water Quality Management Strategy

The Environment Protection and Heritage Council in cooperation with the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council has developed the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS). The National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Health Ministers Conference are involved in aspects of the NWQMS which affect public health. The NWQMS has three major elements: policies, process and national guidelines.