The cartage and sale of water for human consumption is a licensable food business and all water carriers are required to hold a food licence with council.
You need a food licence issues under the Food Act 2006, to carry on a business where you:
use a water tanker to distribute water for domestic purposes (e.g. human consumption, food preparation, washing food contact items or other domestic activities)
obtain potable water from an approved potable water source within the council area
sell water to a place within the council area, or Queensland
take water from the council's supply for commercial purposes.
You must gain council approval for all tankers you use to distribute the water. Tankers, including lining materials and fittings, must comply with the relevant Australian standards.
Council may grant a food licence if satisfied that:
Council regulates the drawing and cartage of water to:
Council may grant permits based on the following conditions:
only distribute water that is fit for human consumption and complies with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 6 (2011) and/or the World Health Organisation Guidelines for drinking water quality
take samples of water periodically, analyse the microbiological content and provide Council with the results of the analysis
only take water from approved potable water sources
only use water tankers for the cartage of potable water
maintain the interior of each water tank in a clean and hygienic condition, free from rust and foreign matter
take reasonable steps to prevent contamination of any source of supply, distribution tank and receptacle into which you transfer water
display the licence number the council issues you on each water tank, with the letters and numbers not less than 100mm in height
display the trading name and telephone number of the water carrier on the tank, with the letters not less than 75mm in height
- display the wording "DRINKING WATER ONLY" or "POTABLE WATER ONLY" not less than 150mm in height on the tank.