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Legislative Context - Water Quality

​​​​The overarching principles and objectives for water quality management in Tasmania are provided in the State Policy on Water Quality Management 1997.

The main legislation controlling water quality in Tasmania is the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. Specific regulations also have an important role in protecting the quality of Tasmania’s water resources, for example, the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2020.

For information about the management of water quantity refer to the water section of the DPIPWE website.

Governing Legislation and Policy for protecting water quality

Supporting Documents

Under the State Policy on Water Quality Management, Protected Environmental Values have been set for all of Tasmania’s waterways including estuaries. PEVs for coastal waters and groundwater have yet to be set.

​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.