Private Water Supply

If reticulated water supply is not available on your property and you are relying on bore water (groundwater) or rainwater for household use such as drinking, bathing or cooking, the following information may assist you in maintaining a safe water supply.

Gympie Regional Council provides a water sampling service for microbiological and standard water analysis for a fee.

The microbiological analysis is limited to Escherichia coli (E. Coli) bacteria and thermotolerant coliforms, as indicators of enteric pathogens (faecal contamination). Microbial quality is the most important factor in determining if water supplies are safe for human consumption. There must not be any E. Coli bacteria present in a sample of water to be safe for human consumption. All microbiological samples are required to be collected by Council’s Environmental Health Services to prevent the risk of any possible cross contamination. Results are usually available within 3-4 days.

The Standard Water Analysis is limited to physical and chemical parameters of water and includes but is not limited to pH, total hardness, alkalinity, total dissolved solids, turbidity, conductivity, sodium, calcium, fluoride, nitrate, iron, magnesium and other parameters. A sample of 1L of groundwater can be collected in a clean plastic or glass container and delivered to Council’s Environmental Health Services at 29 Channon Street, Gympie. Alternatively, an approved container can be provided for your use. Results are usually available within 4-6 weeks.

Council recommends that customers commence treating their private water supply prior to requesting these tests. 

Both types of analysis are performed by the State Government’s Forensic and Scientific Services Laboratory. Results are based on values prescribed by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011.

Residents experiencing problems with a private water supply may contact us for advice.

  • Mosquito proof rainwater tanks are permitted throughout the region, and must be cleaned out as necessary.
  • Rainwater catchment areas and guttering should be regularly inspected and cleaned.
  • Untreated creek or dam water should not be used for domestic proposes (toilets excepted).

There are several reticulated private supply schemes eg. The Palms and Nahrunda, which council has no control over. Water from the schemes is untreated and is considered not suitable for drinking unless further treated.

For further information please view the Health and Bore Water Factsheet and Health and Rainwater Factsheet .