qldwater played a crucial role in influencing the development of state guidelines and processes to simplify the transition for WSPs to statutory reporting and developing DWQMPs. Mandatory DWQMPs were introduced at a time when the industry was labouring under a raft of duplicative statutory planning requirements and were not initially supported by the industry if they were "just another plan". However, appropriate planning and management of drinking water quality has always been a priority for the urban water industry.
With further discussion with the regulator the new Queensland guidelines were designed to follow the risk-based approach of the internationally respected Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines (ADWG). Moreover, the Regulator has made a considered effort to assist the industry to transition to the new approach and also made it clear that management of drinking water quality is a priority for the State government. Most other jurisdictions have documents similar to the DWQMPs and the ADWG already underpinned many of the existing water quality programs of Queensland WSPs.
The industry continues to work with the Regulator to develop DWQMPs and meet the State requirements while maintaining community health and safety as the key priority. This partnership between industry and the regulator is leading to a constantly improving framework to ensure the ongoing provision of safe drinking water to Queensland communities.