Public Consultation – Draft Guidance on the radiological quality of drinking water in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

 
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Introduction

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) (2011) are intended to provide a framework for good management of drinking water supplies. This includes determining what defines safe, good quality drinking water, how it can be achieved and how it can be assured. As such it is critical that information contained within the ADWG is up-to-date based on the best available evidence.

The ADWG contains information and guidance on the radiological quality of drinking water. As part of the rolling review of the ADWG, NHMRC has worked with experts at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to update sections regarding radiological water quality. The sections that have been updated are:

  • Chapter 7 – Radiological Quality of Drinking Water
  • Chapter 10 – Monitoring for Specific Characteristics in Drinking Water
  • Information Sheet 2.2 – Radiological monitoring and assessment of performance
  • Fact Sheet – Specific alpha and beta emitting radionuclides
  • Fact Sheet – Radium (radium-226 and radium-228)
  • Fact Sheet – Radon-222
  • Fact Sheet – Uranium (Radiological aspects)

Updates to the information include updated guidance on acceptable parameters and exceedance levels as well as updated terminology and definitions. A more detailed summary of the changes made is provided in the ARPANSA Review Report.

Aim of consultation
The aim of this public consultation is to seek stakeholder feedback on the updated guidance. NHMRC Council has approved public consultation on the updated guidance. You are invited, under paragraph 13(d) of the NHMRC Act 1992, to make a submission to NHMRC regarding these updates.
Feedback from the public consultation will be addressed by the Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) working with ARPANSA to provide technical expertise in finalising the documents. Feedback on any changes will also be sought from jurisdictional water experts on the Environmental Health (enHealth) Radiation Health and Water Quality Expert Reference Panels. Final approval from NHMRC Council and CEO will be sought for publication in the ADWG.

Scope
NHMRC is seeking responses to specific questions that relate to the updated sections of the ADWG:

  • Chapter 7 – Radiological Quality of Drinking Water
  • Chapter 10 – Monitoring for Specific Characteristics in Drinking Water
  • Information Sheet 2.2 – Radiological monitoring and assessment of performance
  • Fact Sheet – Specific alpha and beta emitting radionuclides
  • Fact Sheet – Radium (radium-226 and radium-228)
  • Fact Sheet – Radon-222
  • Fact Sheet – Uranium (Radiological aspects)
Issues raised on other aspects of water quality are not within scope of this process and therefore will not be considered.

Consultation documents
Consultation date

Please note the time zone is AEST.

Closing date: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 4:00pm (AEST)
Contact for further information
How to provide feedback

We are seeking feedback on the consultation questions through the use of an online survey. Please click on Next Page to begin the survey.