Drinking water treatment

There are a variety of treatment systems that can remove contaminants in drinking water. However, not all treatment systems are able to remove both microbiological and chemical contaminants and a combination of different treatment systems may be required.

The suitable treatment system required can be determined from the source water quality.

Further information available on the following treatment methods:

Before purchasing a treatment system obtain the following information from the manufacturer/distributor:

  • Product specifications – including contaminants which it can remove
  • Product certifications
  • Maintenance requirements and costs
  • Operating costs

Emergency treatment of drinking water

In emergency or disaster situations where there are no alternative sources of drinking water available, refer to the Emergency Treatment of Drinking Water Supplies webpage (HealthyWA).

Treatment chemicals and substances in contact with drinking water

Treatment chemicals and materials which come in contact with drinking water are required to be certified for use in drinking water applications. For further information, refer to: Materials and Substances in Contact with Drinking Water (PDF 828KB)

For information on the Australian Standards relevant to drinking water holding tanks, refer to A Compilation of Australian Standards on Water Holding Tanks (PDF 308KB).

Last reviewed: 29-10-2019
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