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DRAFT - Revised Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

Closed on Friday, 15 January 2010, 12:00am (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in collaboration with the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC), has released for public comment the revised Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (summarised in the Schedule), and a discussion paper on Health Based Targets For Microbial Safety Of Drinking Water.

You are invited, under paragraph 13(1)(b) of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, to make a submission to the NHMRC about the draft guidelines.

Schedule

The current revision has only been in relation to Chapters 6, 9 and 10 and the fact sheets as outlined below. The discussion paper Health Based Targets for Microbial Safety of Drinking Water is released for comment. Following consideration of public comment the content will be included in the revised Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) is designed to provide an authoritative reference on what defines safe, good quality water and how it can be achieved and assured. The ADWG provides a framework for good management of drinking water supplies, which will assure safety at point of use when correctly implemented.

The intended audience for the ADWG is the Australian community, agencies responsible for the supply of drinking water, including catchment and water resource managers, drinking water suppliers, water regulators and health authorities.

In 2007 NHMRC/NRMMC commenced a rolling revision of the Guidelines, which provides an opportunity to revise individual water quality parameters as necessary, to ensure the guidelines represent the most up to date scientific understanding.

The NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee has made available for public consultation the following revisions:

  • Section 6.3.2
  • Chapters 9 and 10
  • Bacteroides
  • Coliphages
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Escherichia coli
  • Heterotrophic plate counts
  • Intestinal enterococci
  • Thermotolerant coliforms
  • Total coliforms
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli) (pathogenic)
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Mycobacterium
  • Blastocystis
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Cyclospora
  • Giardia
  • Cylindrospermopsin
  • Microcystins
  • Nodularin
  • Saxitoxins
  • Adenovirus
  • Enterovirus
  • Hepatitis viruses
  • Norwalk virus
  • Rotavirus
  • 2,2-DPA
  • 2,4-D [(2,4-Dichlorophenoxy) acetic acid]
  • Acephate
  • Aldicarb
  • Aldrin & Dieldrin
  • Ametryn
  • Amitraz
  • Amitrole
  • Arsenic
  • Asulam
  • Atrazine
  • Azinphos-methyl
  • Barium
  • Benomyl
  • Bentazone
  • Beryllium
  • Bioresmethrin
  • Boron
  • Bromacil
  • Bromoxynil
  • Captan
  • Carbaryl
  • Carbendazim / Thiophanate-methyl
  • Carbofuran
  • Carboxin
  • Carfentrazone ethyl
  • Chlorantraniliprole
  • Chlordane
  • Chlorfenvinphos
  • Chlorine
  • Chlorine dioxide
  • chlorate
  • Chlorite
  • Cloropicrin
  • Chlorothalonil
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Chlorsulfuron
  • Clopyralid
  • Cyfluthrin, Beta-cyfluthrin
  • Cypermethrin isomers
  • Cyprodinil
  • DDT
  • Deltamethrin
  • Diazinon
  • Dicamba
  • Dichloroprop / Dichlorprop-P
  • 1-3 Dichlorpropene
  • Dichlorvos
  • Diclofop-methyl
  • Dicofol
  • Diflubenzuron
  • Dimethoate
  • Diquat
  • Disulfoton
  • Diuron
  • Endosulfan
  • Endothal
  • EPTC
  • Esfenvalerate
  • Ethion
  • Ethoprophos
  • Etridiazole
  • Fenamiphos
  • Fenarimol
  • Fenchlorphos
  • Fenitrothion
  • Fenthion
  • Fenvalerate
  • Fipronil
  • Flamprop-methyl
  • Fluometuron
  • Fluproponate
  • Glyphosate
  • Haloacetonitriles
  • Haloxyfop
  • Hexazinone
  • Imazapyr
  • Iodine, Iodide
  • Iprodione
  • Lanthanum
  • Lindane
  • Maldison (Malathion)
  • Manganese
  • Manzoceb
  • MCPA
  • Metaldehyde
  • Metham
  • Methidathion
  • Methiocarb
  • Methomyl
  • Methylbromide
  • Metolachlor/s–Metolachlor
  • Metiram
  • Metribuzin
  • Metsulfuron-methyl
  • Mevinphos
  • Molinate
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Chlorsulfuron
  • Clopyralid
  • Cyfluthrin, Beta-cyfluthrin
  • Cypermethrin isomers
  • Cyprodinil
  • DDT
  • Deltamethrin
  • Diazinon
  • Dicamba
  • Dichloroprop / Dichlorprop-P
  • 1-3 Dichlorpropene
  • Dichlorvos
  • Diclofop-methyl
  • Dicofol
  • Diflubenzuron
  • Dimethoate
  • Diquat
  • Disulfoton
  • Diuron
  • Endosulfan
  • Endothal
  • EPTC
  • Esfenvalerate
  • Ethion
  • Ethoprophos
  • Etridiazole
  • Fenamiphos
  • Fenarimol
  • Fenchlorphos
  • Fenitrothion
  • Fenthion
  • Fenvalerate
  • Fipronil
  • Flamprop-methyl
  • Fluometuron
  • Fluproponate
  • Glyphosate
  • Haloacetonitriles
  • Haloxyfop
  • Hexazinone
  • Imazapyr
  • Iodine, Iodide
  • Iprodione
  • Lanthanum
  • Lindane
  • Maldison (Malathion)
  • Manganese
  • Manzoceb
  • MCPA
  • Metaldehyde
  • Metham
  • Methidathion
  • Methiocarb
  • Methomyl
  • Methylbromide
  • Metolachlor/s–Metolachlor
  • Metiram
  • Metribuzin
  • Metsulfuron-methyl
  • Mevinphos
  • Molinate
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Chlorsulfuron
  • Clopyralid
  • Cyfluthrin, Beta-cyfluthrin
  • Cypermethrin isomers
  • Cyprodinil
  • DDT
  • Deltamethrin
  • Diazinon
  • Dicamba
  • Dichloroprop / Dichlorprop-P
  • 1-3 Dichlorpropene
  • Dichlorvos
  • Diclofop-methyl
  • Dicofol
  • Diflubenzuron
  • Dimethoate
  • Diquat
  • Disulfoton
  • Diuron
  • Endosulfan
  • Endothal
  • EPTC
  • Esfenvalerate
  • Ethion
  • Ethoprophos
  • Etridiazole
  • Fenamiphos
  • Fenarimol
  • Fenchlorphos
  • Fenitrothion
  • Fenthion
  • Fenvalerate
  • Fipronil
  • Flamprop-methyl
  • Fluometuron
  • Fluproponate
  • Glyphosate
  • Haloacetonitriles
  • Haloxyfop
  • Hexazinone
  • Imazapyr
  • Iodine, Iodide
  • Iprodione
  • Lanthanum
  • Lindane
  • Maldison (Malathion)
  • Manganese
  • Manzoceb
  • MCPA
  • Metaldehyde
  • Metham
  • Methidathion
  • Methiocarb
  • Methomyl
  • Methylbromide
  • Metolachlor/s–Metolachlor
  • Metiram
  • Metribuzin
  • Metsulfuron-methyl
  • Mevinphos
  • Molinate
  • Monochloramine
  • Naphthalophos
  • Napropamide
  • Nicarbazin
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • N-Nitrosodimethylamine
  • (NDMA)
  • Norflurazon
  • Omethoate
  • Oryzalin
  • Oxamyl
  • Paraquat
  • Parathion
  • Parathion-methyl
  • Pebulate
  • Pendimethalin
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Permethrin
  • Picloram
  • Piperonyl butoxide
  • Pirimicarb
  • Pirimiphos methyl
  • Plasticisers
  • Polihexanide
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Profenofos
  • Promecarb
  • Propachlor
  • Propanil
  • Propargite
  • Propazine
  • Propiconazole
  • Propyzamide
  • Pyrasulfatole
  • Pyrazophos
  • Pyroxsulam
  • Quintozene
  • Silica
  • Simazine
  • Spirotetramat
  • Sulprofos
  • Taste and odour
  • Temephos
  • Terbacil
  • Terbufos
  • Terbuthylazine
  • Terbutryn
  • Thiobencarb
  • Thiometon
  • Thiram
  • Tin
  • Toltrazuril
  • Total dissolved solids
  • Triadimefon
  • Trichlorfon
  • Triclopyr
  • Trifluralin
  • Turbidity
  • Uranium
  • Vernolate
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Consultation date

Please note the Timezone is AEDT.

Closing date: 
Friday, 15 January 2010 (All day)
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