The changes aim to reduce the health risks of legionella bacteria in the water at hospitals and aged-care facilities.
The legislation affects:
Queensland Health hospitals and inpatients
private health facilities
Queensland Health aged-care facilities
private aged-care facilities
The requirements for the facilities are to:
develop a water risk management plan that covers all water-related hazards including monitoring for legionella
follow their water risk management plan
notify the chief executive or the Department of Health within one business day of detecting legionella
regularly send reports with the results of testing for legionella.
For more information on how to develop a water risk management plan for legionella, please visit the Queensland Health website.
Is Logan's water supply safe to drink?
Yes, Logan’s water supply is safe to drink and continues to meet required standards of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the Public Health Act (2018).
Facts about Logan's drinking water
Council undertakes extensive monitoring of the drinking water supply to confirm it is safe. Our monitoring program:
Is approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRM&E).
In accordance of the Public Health Regulation 2018 requirements.
Follows the guidance provided in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG 2011).
Tests for a variety of microbiological, chemical and physical parameters.
This includes testing for E. coli, a key indicator of microbiological contamination. These tests are conducted on a weekly basis at every reservoir and other distribution network sites throughout the supply region.
We do not test for Legionella, as we are not required to do so under current guidelines and legislation.
We will notify Queensland Health of any drinking water health breaches. If this does happen, we will work closely with Queensland Health to make sure the water supply is safe. If we have any concerns about the water supply, we will keep the community up to date. We will issue a public notice if residents ever need to boil their water for safety.