EPHC Archive - Water
On 13 December 2013, COAG replaced its 22 Standing Councils, Select Councils and governance fora with a set of eight Councils and the decision saw the revocation of the Standing Council on Environment and Water. Work is currently underway to resolve how its existing work would be handled in the future. In the interim, this website is currently maintained for historical purposes and is scheduled for archiving.
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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
Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies
- Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managing Health and Environmental Risks (Phase 2): Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies - Erratum - November 2008 (PDF - 11.81 KB)
- Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managing Health and Environmental Risks (Phase 2): Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies (PDF - 4.22 MB)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Revision of Fresh and Marine Water Quality Guidelines - Technical Working Group Update (PDF - 26.81 KB)
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.
- - January 2006
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.