Victoria has a network of about
300 emergency water supply points (EWSPs). The EWSPs provide water carting for
emergency stock and domestic purposes, during severe dry seasonal
conditions and surface water scarcity. Some sites are also equipped to supply
water to firefighting vehicles.
The Department of Environment,
Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) oversees the network of emergency water supply
The EWSPs are managed by various state agencies,
including local councils and urban and rural water corporations. These state agencies are
referred to as the EWSP Manager for maintenance, access and use issues, and for
There are three main types of EWSPs
accessible to the public for water carting:
- Council bores - access groundwater.
- Urban standpipes – are connected to reticulated potable water systems. These are managed by urban water corporations and access is subject to water availability. A permit may be needed and costs may apply as they are considered a commercial use.
- Rural standpipes - access channels or reservoirs. These are managed by rural water corporations.
While the government has a drought
relief package, there is no subsidy available for water carting.
For information about water
supply points in your area, view our interactive map. The map allows you to select
your location of interest and to identify the nearest EWSPs. It also provides the
contact details of the relevant EWSP Manager.
Conditions and costs
associated with accessing emergency water supply points
bores can only be accessed through prior arrangement with the EWSP Manager.
This may involve obtaining access to a key if it is locked, or access may be
restricted to licensed water carters.
from an EWSP bore is generally free for domestic and stock use. It is not
recommended for human consumption. Some bores are fitted for access by fire
tankers for fire-fighting purposes.
As an urban standpipe is generally connected to town water, it
can only be accessed by a licensed water carter. The licensed water carter will
have the correct tanker fittings and will ensure there is no contamination of
the source water or the carted water.
The water is generally suitable for drinking.
Generally water from an urban standpipe attracts a charge
from the relevant water corporation and is
available for commercial purposes. Pricing is usually tiered to encourage water
use efficiency and conservation.
Conditions and costs will depend on water availability and quality.
Licensing may be required depending on the intended use.
emergency water supply point for a commercial purpose
Charges will apply when accessing EWSPs for commercial use. Check
access conditions and costs with the relevant EWSP Manager.
Can I cart water
Yes, from council bores and rural standpipes ensuring you
have complied with any relevant conditions.
When carting from urban standpipes a licensed water carter
must be used.
To identify a commercial water carter refer to your local
Is emergency water
safe for human and stock consumption?
Water from urban standpipes is generally fit for human
Water from bores and rural standpipes is not recommended for
As the quality of water varies from bore to bore, it is
recommended that the tolerance levels of stock be considered against the
quality available from each bore.
If you identify
any information about an EWSP that appears inaccurate or requires updating
please email email@example.com
About the Interactive
Click on the target symbol closest to your location.
Zoom the map to a specific point which opens a data sheet
with information, including:
- A locality sketch and/or a photo of the site, the location description, map coordinates.
- Supply point name and type, address, nearest town, status (eg operational).
- Managing authority.
- Water quality and flow rate.
- Connection information, such as pump and tank fittings.