qldwater on tap is a campaign initiated by the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) and the Local Government Association Queensland (LGAQ) to build awareness of the Queensland urban water industry in the communities it serves.
Over the past three decades the Government has initiated a lot of reforms in Queensland and our water industry is quite complex compared to the local government managed water services of the past.
At the moment there are over 70 urban water utilities in Queensland. Most are local governments or local government-owned businesses along with a few small service providers and water boards. Queensland also has two “Category 1” water boards, namely Gladstone Area Water Board and Mt Isa Water Board.
Some of these organisations outsource work to private companies, but for the most part, your residential water supply will be looked after by your council or an organisation your council owns either fully or partially. Find your Council and more information about your water supply by using the LGAQ interactive map.
The state government looks after most, but not all, bulk water including dams. The Department of Energy and Water Supply is the main state government agency responsible for the supply of water and making sure everyone is doing the right job. Environment and Heritage Protection is the state department looking after what comes out the other end.
The Queensland water industry employs around 5,500 people – you can’t really get a more essential public service for our diverse communities and that’s what primarily attracts and drives our people.
You can learn more about the Queensland water industry at http://www.qldwater.com.au/Skills_Schools_Package