The Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 and associated regulations provide Victorian water agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services with a framework to ensure safe drinking water is supplied to Victorian communities.
Section 32 of the Act requires that the Secretary to the department provides the Minister for Health with an annual report in respect to each financial year that gives a statewide perspective of drinking water quality, along with details of the Secretary’s activities undertaken under the Act.
The Act also requires Victoria’s 24 water agencies to prepare and submit annual reports to the Secretary. These reports inform the Secretary and the public about any drinking water quality issues.
This annual report summarises Victoria’s drinking water quality performance and the department’s activities during the 2016–17 reporting period. It provides a synopsis of drinking water quality across Victoria; water agency reports providing greater detail are available from their websites.
Acknowledging that the provision of safe, aesthetically pleasing drinking water supplies play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of Victorian communities, the theme of this report is ‘Tap water, the healthy choice’.