• EPA Tasmania
  • Assesment
  • Regulation & Assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Policy & Legislation


Information on principal water policy and related strategies and guidelines for protecting or enhancing water quality and sustainably managing Tasmania's surface and groundwater resources.
  • Monitoring Programs
    Water quality monitoring is undertaken by the water section under a range of programs
  • Water Topics
    Information on a range of topics relating to water quality, water issues and the aquatic environment.
  • Boat Sewage Management
    The EPA Director has made a Directive on The Discharge of Sewage from Certain Vessels into State Waters to assist boat owners with minimising their impact on inland waterways and the ocean. The Directive is a risk-based approach to sewage discharge which specifies where sewage may and may not be discharged from certain vessels into Tasmanian waters.
  • Legislative Context - Water
    The overarching and legislative framework for managing water quality in Tasmania.
  • PEVs for Tasmanian Surface Waters
    Under the State Policy on Water Quality Management (1997) protected environmental values (PEVs) have been set for freshwater and estuarine surface waters. Regional PEVs for coastal waters (except for several site specific areas) and groundwater have not yet been set.
  • Remediation Programs
    EPA Tasmania co-ordinates the Savage River Rehabilitation Project.
  • Stormwater
    Information on stormwater management including the State Stormwater Strategy 2012, guidelines for water sensitive urban design and guidelines for sediment and erosion control.
  • Water Quality Objectives for Tasmania
    Water Quality Objectives for Tasmania
  • Water Quality Guideline Values for Aquatic Ecosystems of Tasmania
    Default water guideline values for aquatic ecosystems have been developed by EPA Tasmania in accordance with the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS).

​Water Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: water@epa.tas.gov.au​

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.