Draft Drinking Water Quality Policy to be placed on exhibition
October 27, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council has tonight moved to place the draft Drinking Water Quality Policy on public exhibition from 2 November.
The Policy provides a basis for the operation of Council’s catchments, storages, treatment facilities and the complete distribution system.
Through the provision of sustainable management practices, the Policy moves to ensure the City’s drinking water supply operation and development is consistent with long term economic, social and environmental criteria.
Provisions under the Policy include –
• The management of water quality at all points along the delivery network, from the water source to the consumer’s tap.
• The promotion of community participation in decision making processes and ensuring community expectations are considered.
• The regular monitoring of drinking water quality and effective reporting of relevant and timely information.
• The continual improvement of management practices through the assessment of performance against corporate commitments and stakeholder expectations.
Acting Director of Shoalhaven Water, Ben Stewart said the draft Drinking Water Quality Policy was an important step in formalising the levels of service required to achieve an ongoing high quality water management process.
“Despite the previous preparation of operation and maintenance manuals and plans, a formal drinking water quality assurance program had not been developed,” said Mr Stewart.
“This draft policy provides the basis for a long term commitment to high quality drinking water, management practices and provides a basis for which more detailed drinking water plans can be developed.
“I would encourage all interested residents to take the time to read and make comment on this important Policy during the upcoming exhibition period.”
The draft Drinking Water Quality Policy will be on exhibition from Wednesday 2 November – Wednesday 14 December.