Under the Environment Protection Act 1993 (SA), the sections relating to the protection of the environment (such as the General Environmental Duty [s 25] or the offence provisions) apply equally to air, water, noise or other types of pollution. The Act also makes special provision for protection of water quality in water protection areas. The Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2003, made under the Act, aims to improve the quality of water and water usage through legislated standards, guidelines and practice codes.
The Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (SA) aims to promote sustainable and integrated management of the State's natural resources and to make provision for the protection of the State's natural resources. It provides for the protection and management of catchments and the sustainable use of water resources and seeks to try and restore degraded water resources. It is now one of the key pieces of legislation with regard to water pollution, setting out general rights in relation to water and the control of activities affecting water. It also provides for enforcement, such that any person guilty of a breach of the Act can be charged and face penalties of up to $70 000 for a body corporate or $35 000 for a natural person [s 127].
The Public and Environmental Health Act 1987 (SA) has been repealed by the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (SA). Whilst the Public and Environmental Health Act 1987 (SA) contained measures aimed at preventing the pollution of water supplies such that they are unfit for human consumption, the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (SA) does not contain this particular measure.
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