Councils and water authorities in NSW are required to meet water quality standards set down by the Federal and State Governments.
Ballina Shire Council has an Urban Water Quality Policy embracing all elements of the urban water cycle. This policy ensures contemporary practices and legislative requirements are applied to all of Council’s urban water quality responsibilities. The elements for managing water quality provide a systematic and risk based approach for assessing and addressing environmental and public health risks.
Public and Environmental Health
Drinking Water Quality
Recycled Water Quality
Effluent Discharge Quality
Public Health Act 2010
Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997
Responsibility for ensuring healthy waterways and protecting water quality in catchments is shared between the community and all levels of government. In recognising the community's environmental values and uses for waterways, the NSW Government and the community have agreed upon Water Quality Objectives for each catchment. Local councils contribute significantly to these objectives through local environmental plans, development control plans and the assessment of development proposals.
Some of Council’s key achievements to date have been:
Submission of a Recycled Water Management System as part of the approvals process (Section 60 - Local Government Act 1993) for supply of Recycled Water for Dual Reticulation
Development of Pollution Incident Response Management Plans to comply with the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011
Water Quality Data Management Systems, including live water quality trending and reporting
Water Maintenance Planning Systems
Water Incident Response and Communication Protocols
Urban Water Quality Policy
The key elements of Ballina Shire Council's Urban Water Quality Policy are summarised below:
Water Drinking Water Recycled Water Wastewater
Legislative Drivers Public Health Act 2010 Local Government Act 1983 POEO Act 1997
Applicable National Water Quality Management Strategy Documents Australian Drinking Water Guidelines Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling Guidelines for Sewerage Systems Australian Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting
How are water quality requirements defined? Drinking Water - Australian Drinking Water Guidelines Recycled Water - Section 60 Approval (Local Government Act 1993) Wastewater - POEO Act 1997 - 4 x Environmental Protection Licenses for Wastewater Treatment Plants
Management Framework for Water Quality Twelve Elements for Managing Water Quality
Peak Council Operational Plans Drinking Water Management System (DWMS) Recycled Water Management System (RWMS) Wastewater Management System (WWMS)