Providing safe drinking water

Safe drinking water is essential for maintaining public health and supporting healthy communities.

SA Health ensures that drinking water is delivered to consumers according to the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011 and the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2012.

Who does the Act apply to?

The Act applies to all drinking water providers who supply water to the public, including:

  • SA Water
  • water carters
  • operators of independent town supplies
  • supplies in rural and remote communities
  • providers of drinking water in regulated facilities including hospitals, child care and aged care centres
  • food and accommodation premises.


Domestic rainwater tanks and private bore water supplies are exempt from the Act.

Provisions for exemptions have also been included for the use of boiled rainwater by small, regulated food premises and for small supplies derived from rainwater tanks in low risk premises such as short-term accommodation facilities, recreational or community centres and church and council buildings.

An exemption also applies for the on-supply of drinking water that has been additionally chlorinated. This exemption only applies to water supplied to one premises where the water is directly supplied by another registered drinking water provider and additionally treated with chlorine as a disinfectant. For example, a hospital or aged care facility that chlorinates drinking water supplied by SA Water on-site is exempt from the requirements of the Act.

See the Exemptions page for more detailed information.

Requirements under the Act

The items listed below are required under the Act and apply to all drinking water providers:

Water quality testing must be carried out by an approved laboratory.

All new providers must have a Risk Management Plan in place prior to commencing supply

Registered drinking water providers

A list of registered drinking water providers is maintained by SA Health and local councils are advised of drinking water providers in their area.

See the Registered drinking water providers page for a list of providers, by council.

Further information

For further information on providing safe drinking water, contact:

Water Quality Unit
: (08) 8226 7100

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