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Environmental Health Branch - Water Quality Unit

Role of the Water Quality Unit

The Water Quality Unit is the lead agency for legislation, policy, guidelines and standards development in relation to water quality.

Key issues

  • Establishment and implementation of policy, standards, guidelines, support programs and regulatory systems to manage the health risks associated with:
         - drinking water quality
         - recycled water schemes.
  • Development and implementation of a regulatory framework to support water fluoridation.
  • Development of policy, standards, guidelines and support programs for:
         - recreational water quality
         - water recycling in food manufacturing businesses
         - private water suppliers not covered by the regulatory framework.
  • Undertaking research activities to inform decisions relating to drinking water, recycled water and recreational water quality policies.
  • Provision of health risk advice regarding water quality to local government and other agencies.
  • Monitoring of notifications against the water quality standards.

Legislation

Key partners

  • Queensland Health Public Health Units
  • Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services
  • Queensland Department of Environmental and Resource Management
  • Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning
  • Seqwater
  • Linkwater
  • WaterSecure
  • Queensland Water Commission
  • SEQ Water Grid Manager
  • Local Governments
  • National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology
  • Urban Water Security Research Alliance
  • Advanced Water Management Centre

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Water Fluoridation

The Water Fluoridation Act 2008 and Water Fluoridation Regulation 2008 require the fluoridation of Queensland drinking water supplies that serve populations in excess of 1,000 people. Queensland Health is responsible for monitoring compliance with this legislation and undertaking enforcement actions if necessary. In addition to these regulatory functions, Queensland Health also oversees the fluoride operator training program and development of operational guidance for operators (e.g. the Queensland Water Fluoridation Code of Practice). Other functions include providing regulatory support, developing information programs related to public health, engaging with stakeholders and communities, and, through the Queensland Health Oral Health Branch, supporting oral health research to demonstrate the efficacy of water fluoridation.

Fluoride Resources / Forms

Other Resources

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Last updated: 14 May 2012