The chances of making a water refilling business in Australia successful are high because the continent is one of the driest in the world. Although there are states with limited water supply, there are water reserves elsewhere that the people can tap: rivers, lakes, and groundwater systems.
Supplying potable, drinking water is another matter. This is also where water refilling can become very helpful—and for the part of the business owner, very successful.
So, how does one start a water refilling business in Australia?
One does it the same way as most businesses. Creating a business plan, marketing plan, product development, funding, et cetera are necessary to begin. Owners need to find a location where water refilling is actually in demand and supported by the community and the local council. There’s also the matter of acquiring gallon bottles and the equipment for water refilling and hiring staff to man the station. On the other hand, there are also refilling stations that customers can man by themselves. It all depends on what type of refilling services the owner wants to do.
Aside from these business preparations, the owners also need to apply for the required licenses, contracts and other legal requirements. These will differ for each type of business and niche. For water refilling businesses, they also need permits for water and sanitation. Getting an ABN is also a must if you are to enjoy the benefits it confers.
Many states in Australia actually take an active interest in water refilling businesses. There are even towns that take the initiative to install water refilling stations on strategic locations and for major community events. It’s because this business promotes the practice of sustainable living. It encourages the public to reuse and recycle their plastic water bottles instead of just throwing them away. Getting the support of the local council/government can therefore help promote a water refilling business.
There was a time when each state in Australia had its own procedures and regulations for water well drilling. Today though, there is now a recognized, uniform process plus a licensing requirement for every water well drillers. The national standards are implemented to ensure the preservation of the underground water reserve, avoid its contamination and regulate the production of groundwater for long-term sustainability.
Australia may be one of the driest continents, but it has plenty of water sources. Groundwater systems are some of them. The largest groundwater basin in the country is the Great Artesian Basin. The GAB is the world’s largest artesian basin. It actually spans 23% of the entire continent! This is where the majority of water drilling activity occurs. As of 2007, there are a total of 214 explorations and 101 developments (offshore and onshore drills combined) in Australia.
Where to Acquire/Apply for Licenses?
These are the locations and offices where drillers may apply for a license for water drilling:
1. Australian Capital Territory – Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water
2. National – National Uniform Drillers Licensing Committee
3. New South Wales – NSW Office of Water
4. Northern Territory – Department of Land Resource Management, Water Resources Branch
5. Queensland – Department of Environment and Resource Management
6. South Australia – Department for Water
7. Tasmania – Department of Parks, Primary Industries, Water and Environment and Water Quality Testing, Analytical Services Tasmania
8. Victoria – Southern Rural Water
9. Western Australia – License Exams and Applications
3 Components for Licensing Assessment
Applicants will be assessed of their Theoretical Knowledge (written exam), Experience and Skills (oral assessment by the Drillers Licensing Board of the state), and knowledge of the Water Act in relation to the state (examination).
You can learn more about water well drillers licensing system at the ADITC (Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee Limited).
Finally, get an Australian Business Number (ABN). This is a must if you want your business to be considered as a legitimate one.