Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009
61 Emergency prohibition or regulation—safety of drinking water
(1) The purpose of this clause is to enable the EPA to prohibit or regulate aquatic activities that threaten the safety of drinking water that is part of a public water supply if urgent action is required and other regulatory authorities are not authorised, or have not acted, to protect the safety of that drinking water.(2) For that purpose, the EPA may, by order published in the Gazette, prohibit or regulate specified aquatic activities in a specified area of water.(3) An order under this clause has effect for the period (not exceeding 3 months) specified in the order, unless the order is sooner revoked by a further order of the EPA published in the Gazette.(4) The EPA is to take such measures as it considers appropriate to bring a notice under this clause to the attention of the public, including by means of notices erected near the area of water concerned.(5) A person who contravenes an order under this section is guilty of an offence.Maximum penalty—5 penalty units.(6) In this section, aquatic activities include swimming, bathing, boating, water skiing or fishing.