Disinfection Options Discussion Paper - Release Date 16-Jul-2018: - This discussion paper provides local government decision makers with information to help them make informed choices about disinfection options for their water and sewerage schemes.
It addresses the pros and cons of disinfection using chlorine gas, bulk liquid sodium hypochlorite, on-site generated sodium hypochlorite, and solid calcium hypochlorite. It is not a substitute for site and source-specific advice, instead intended as a tool to help ask the right questions of contractors and consulta (376KB)
Alarm Workshop Outcomes - Release Date 22-May-2017: - This document is provided as a related accompanying document to the Remote Treatment Operations guideline below. We thank the author of this document, Goulburn Valley Water for providing this document for our members. (22KB)
Remote Treatment Plant Operations - Release Date 22-May-2017: - This qldwater discussion paper outlines the critical factors to consider in planning and operating remote systems using a series of case studies to consider the significant benefits and help manage risks.
We thank Alan Kleinschmidt for developing this paper and acknowledge the input from Peter Mosse as well as our members for their valuable assistance:
Anthony Lipsys, Banana Shire Council;
Jaek Passier, Toowoomba Regional Council and
Terry Fagg,Western Downs Regional Council. (527KB)
Ecoli Fact Sheet - Release Date 12-Nov-2014: - From 2 January 2009 new water legislation, The Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, made it mandatory for all registered drinking water service providers to test for E.coli in their reticulated drinking water supply. This fact sheet provides more information. (426KB)
Certification Drinking Water Operator Certification Discussion Paper August 2014 - Release Date 05-Aug-2014: - Implementation of the proposed National Certification Framework 2012 - Operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems Final Report - Incorporating results of the Pilot Program to investigate costs, benefits and key issues. (938KB)
Overview of 2011 Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines (ADWG) - Release Date 13-Nov-2012: - The Queensland and New South Wales Water Directorates have co-invested in the production of this summary document which helps make the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines more accessible.
Note that this summary document is purely focussed on the ADWG. Links and summaries to Queensland-specific information including regulation are kept up to date at http://www.qldwater.com.au/DWQ.
Non-members can purchase a copy by contacting the NSW Water Directorate [email protected] (339KB)
Water Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance Manual - Release Date 30-Jan-2008: - This manual deals with treatment facilities at Water Treatment Plants and was developed as a collaborative project between the NSW and Queensland Water Directorates.
The finalised manual incorporates input from NSW and Queensland Water Directorate committee members and independent third party reviewers.
The users of this manual will be local government authorities from NSW and Queensland responsible for the operation and maintenance of facilities at WTPs. | Available to members only. | (6282KB)
Background Information and Links on Fluoridation in Qld - Release Date 29-Jun-2007: - Background information collated for member's use in explaining the context of fluoridation and providing links to further websites. | Free member download. | (94KB)
Drinking Water Provisions PH Reg 2018 - Release Date 04-Sep-2018: - Public Health Regulation 2018 – revised provisions for drinking water. The Public Health Regulation 2005 has been remade as the Public Health Regulation 2018. The new Regulation commenced on 1 September 2018 and contains revisions to the quality standards for drinking water. Amendments to the Regulations should not result in any day to day operational changes for drinking water service providers despite the 2018 Regulation looking quite different. (315KB)
Hrudey Evidence Havelock North - Release Date 27-Jun-2017: - Evidence about underlying causes of drinking water outbreaks provided by Dr Steve Hrudey in relation to the North Havelock Inquiry in New Zealand. The evidence includes 38 outbreaks of serious drinking waterborne disease occurring in 13 affluent countries. (936KB)
Competencies-for-Operators - Release Date 21-Jul-2015: - DEWS guidance on competencies for operators within drinking water treatment systems. (139KB)
Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs): What are they and how are they used? - Release Date 12-Nov-2014: - The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is a way of measuring the population impact of a health problem, or the burden of disease, associated with a specific condition. It is a measure of the amount of time (in years) that is ‘lost’ due to imperfect health from a particular cause, taking into account both premature death and time lived in a state of ill-health (termed disability). It also incorporates a weighting for the
severity of the disability.
Fact sheet kindly provided by Water Research (1274KB)
Health-Based Targets for Microbial Safety of Drinking Water - Release Date 12-Nov-2014: - Pathogens in source waters present a challenge for those tasked with providing safe drinking water. To achieve this, they are guided by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, although advice from the ADWG on this issue could be improved. One proposal is the introduction of health based targets for microbial
safety of drinking water. This Fact Sheet provides a brief
explanation of HBTs and some rationale for their introduction into the ADWG and is kindly provided by Water Research Australia. | (1134KB)
Health-Based Targets for the Microbial Safety of Drinking Water: Stakeholder viewpoints - Release Date 12-Nov-2014: - Health-based targets (HBTs) are measurable health, water quality or performance objectives that are established based on a judgement of what constitutes an acceptable level of health risk in relation to pathogens in drinking water.
Incorporation of HBTs for microbial safety of drinking water into future revisions of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines is currently under discussion.
Fact sheet kindly provided by Water Research Australia. (1509KB)
DEWS-DWQMP-Reports-Template - Release Date 29-Oct-2014: - DEWS template for preparing a drinking water quality management plan (DWQMP) report under the requirements of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008. (192KB)
E. coli Field Tests for Drinking Water Compliance Monitoring - Release Date 30-Oct-2012: - This policy outlines the Department of Energy and Water Supply, Office of the Water Supply Regulator's policy regarding the use of field tests for the detection of E. coli in order to meet drinking water compliance requirements. | (589KB)
Care and Maintenance of Fluoride Ion Selective Electrodes - Release Date 24-Apr-2012: - Queensland Health Scientific Services has released a new procedure to help operators clean and preserve sensors used as part of the fluoridation dosing and monitoring process. Thanks to Dr Henry Olszowy for preparing this practical procedure. | (188KB)
DERM DWQMP Guidelines - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Guidelines for creating a Drinking Water Quality Management Plan from DERM September 2010. Superseded - for information only. (485KB)
DERM DWQMP Support Program workshops - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Desription of aim and function of DERM DWQMP support Program workshops in December 2011. (164KB)
DERM DWQMP Supporting Information - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Supporting Information for creating a DWQMP from DERM - September 2010. (355KB)
DERM DWQMP Template - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Template with Guidance Notes to assist in creating a Drinking Water Quality Management Plan from DERM September 2011 (832KB)
DERM Flyer - DWQMP workshops - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Flyer advertising DERM workshops in December 2011 to assist small and medium service providers in developing their Drinking Water Quality Management Plans. (198KB)
Significant changes in ADWG 2011 release - Release Date 07-Nov-2011: - Details of the 2011 ADWG have been sent out to all Water Service Providers. DERM have provided the attached excel file which lists all of the new of changed parameters in the health guideline section. This has also been emailed to all DERM water contacts in councils. (46KB)
On-line Fluoride Monitors Factsheet - Release Date 25-Oct-2011: - The Queensland Water Fluoridation Act and Regulation require determination of fluoride concentration on a daily basis. On-line fluoride analysers can provide
accurate and reliable measurement of fluoride concentration provided that analysers are calibrated, serviced and maintained in accordance with the equipment supplier's operating handbook. (319KB)
Fluoridation Code of Practice (Sept 2010) - Release Date 21-Oct-2010: - The Queensland Health Water Quality Unit released a revised Water Fluoridation Code of Practice in late 2010 (see e Flash #94 which lists the principal changes) that introduces some key improvements to the previous CoP. | Free member download. | QHealth document that may be superseded. | (577KB)
Description of capital roll-out program for fluoridation - Release Date 11-Nov-2008: - Letter to Service Providers from Implementation Project Management Group (Cardno-Beca) that was sent to Council CEO's and Mayors on 10 November 2008 providing an overview of how to access the Fluroidation Capital Assistance Program. | Free member download. | Third Party document that may be superseded. | (44KB)
QFCAP (Fluoridation Assistance) process diagram - Release Date 11-Nov-2008: - Fluoridation Capital Assistance Program process diagram that was sent to Council CEO's and Mayors on 10 November 2008. The flow diagram gives an overview of the support and functions provided by the IPMG (Implementation Program Management Group). | Free member download. | DLGP document that may be superseded. | (225KB)
Water Fluoridation Regulation Draft - Release Date 31-Oct-2008: - A working Draft of the Water Fluoridation Regulation and there are a number of provisions within the draft which Queensland Health is aware will need more work prior to the draft being finalised. Provided for comment by Queensland Service Providers. (237KB)
DERM TMP Guidance Documents 311 AM Drinking Water Quality Management - Release Date 01-Jan-2008: - (209KB)
DWQMP Workshop Agenda - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Agenda for December workshops in DERM Drinking Water Quality Management Plan support program. (38KB)
Member sample documents
Help us populate this page by sending your sample documents to [email protected]. Please specify any conditions of use:
A. No restrictions on distribution (will be stored on protected area of web site, however if there is a request to share with a non-member we can do so)
B. Can be available to qldwater members (protected area of web site)
C. Other conditions which might allow it to be used more openly i.e. certain parts de-identified, costs removed etc.
Procurement Specification Document - Gold Coast Water - Release Date 28-Feb-2014: - Gold Coast Water Procurement specification for supply and delivery of various chemicals to Council. (97KB)
Water incident management flowcharts (member example) - Release Date 29-Jan-2010: - High-level incident management flowcharts provided by Sunshine Coast Water, showing procedures followed in the event of a water incident. (952KB)
Contracts & specifications
Please note: Specification documents may or may not have been final versions. Often additional posts or modified documents were provided from time to time but it has not been possible to capture and store all of these amendments. While the utilities responsible for preparation of the documents may be willing to assist in sourcing other related information, doing so would purely be at their own discretion.
Gladstone RC Tender Laboratory Services - Release Date 06-Aug-2018: - Gladstone Regional Council tender for NATA accredited laboratory services to undertake analytical testing of a wide range of water, wastewater and soil/bulk solids samples. qldwater has archived all documents relating to this tender and they can be accessed on request. (407KB)
Seqwater Beaudesert WTP Storage Upgrade - Release Date 06-Aug-2018: - Seqwater tender for the detailed design and construction of two new treated water storage reservoirs adjacent to the existing Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant. qldwater has archived all documents relating to this tender, and they can be accessed on request. (2680KB)
Gladstone RC Biosolids Handling at WWTP - Release Date 20-Sep-2017: - Gladstone Regional Council tender to design and construct an upgrade to the sludge handling processes from collection on-site to processing, on-site storage and loadout, at the Gladstone Wastewater Treatment Plant. (621KB)
Seqwater Tender Research Partners Panel - Release Date 20-Mar-2017: - Seqwater tender to partner with universities and research organisations to assist it in delivering research outcomes and meeting its organisational research needs. Partners are needed to support the following categories:
Category 1: Changes in our catchments
Category 2: Water supply safety
Category 3: WTP technologies and process improvment
Category 4: Water security, community and liveability
Category 5: Strategic research planning
qldwater has archived all documents relating to this tender and (358KB)
Toowoomba Tender Decommissioning Water Treatment Plants - Release Date 26-May-2016: - This technical specification is for the decommissioning of the Crows Nest, Hampton and Highfields Water Treatment Plants (WTP). qldwater has archived all associated documentation and it can be accessed by request. (909KB)
GAWB Tender GWTP Filter Media Replacement and Resurfacing - Release Date 22-Feb-2016: - Tender to replace filter media and resurface filter surfaces at the Gladstone Water Treatment Plant. qldwater has archived other project documents (which are listed in the Scope of Work) and they are available on request. (518KB)
Gympie Tender Cooloola Coast SCADA Upgrade - Release Date 18-Feb-2016: - The Cooloola Coast SCADA Upgrade project is to implement a robust and reliable SCADA system to operate and monitor the watr and sewerage assets in the Cooloola Coast Region including the upgrade of telemetry assets at the WTPs, Water Distribution Sites, WWTPs and Pump Stations. qldwater has archived other project documents (which are listed in the Invitation to Offer) and they are available on request. (1194KB)
Livingstone Tender Woodbury WTP Tube Settler Reinstatement - Release Date 08-Feb-2016: - Livingstone Regional Council tender for contractor to carry out the reinstatement of tube settlers at Woodbury WTP including fabrication, installation of support structure, cleaning and installing existing tube settler modules, replacing damaged or missing tube settler modules and installing a central walkway. qldwater has archived other project documents (which are listed in the project specification) and they are available on request. (538KB)
We have collated interesting presentations from our events over the years. We thank our presenters for allowing us to share their knowledge.
The following links to external websites contain interesting information relating to water treatment.
Health Based Targets
WSAA has released a short video that simply explains the concepts and the importance of the multi-barrier approach adopted in the Manual for the application of Heath Based Targets for Drinking Water Safety.
With the recent focus on contaminants including PFAS, members may be interested in additional information sources.
The Queensland Government has a site devoted to environmental incidents and disaster recovery (https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/disasters) including a range of information about chemicals and specific investigations on the historic use of firefighting foam at Queensland sites.
The Commonwealth Department of Health hosts a range of environmental health publications at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-publicat-environ.htm including guidance on environmental hazards, legionella control, the use of rainwater tanks, PFAS and toxicity testing in water.
Queensland Health also publishes periodic notifications, including notifiable conditions at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/surveillance/reports/notifiable. While these include all notifications, not those specifically relating to public health conditions relating to drinking water or sewerage services, the data is viewable by region and may be useful as members place greater focus on issues like health based targets for microbial water quality.
The Department of Defence is undertaking a national program to review, investigate and implement a comprehensive approach to manage the impacts of PFAS on and in the vicinity of its bases around Australia. The Defence website has a range of publication, research, management and activities - see http://www.defence.gov.au/Environment/PFAS/ for more information.
Water Research Australia produced this Guidance Manual for chlorine and chloramine disinfection residual management.