Two new important developments for water utilities
There are changes to council requirements to declare service areas, as well as new mandatory cyber security reporting.
Mandatory reporting of cyber security
In response to a Queensland Audit Office report recommendation, the Queensland Government has now incorporated cyber security elements in both the Drinking Water Quality Management Plan (DWQMP) guideline and the Definitions Guide for Performance Reporting.
Feedback from Qldwater, LGAQ, industry experts and service providers helped formulate these changes which are now on the web.
- DWQMP Guideline – changes are on pages 23, 25 and 31 where cyber security is to be considered and included as a potential whole of system hazardous event/s in your risk assessment. Water quality-related cyber security events must be incorporated into your DWQMP incident and emergency processes.
- Definitions Guide for Performance Reporting – a new series (series 6) has been included for cyber security key performance indicators.
What will councils need to do?
Proposed amendments to declaration of water utility service areas
The amendments do not alter the existing service area framework for the distributor-retailers however for these service providers and the withdrawn councils, the amendments will show that their service area is taken to be their connection area under their water netserv plan.
It will also be made clear that only the relevant distributor-retailer or withdrawn council can supply retail water or sewerage services in their connection area.
Please provide feedback you have on these proposed amendments as soon as possible, but no later than COB 31 January 2018.
Contact: Arron Hieatt
Lead - Water and Sewerage Infrastructure
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006
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