Is tap water (from the kitchen sink of a holiday apartment) in Darwin, NT safe for human consumption ? I see algae (and fungus ?) on water fountains in public places so I am guessing those weren't meant to help thirsty travelers get a gulp. Is there a way to find safe public water drinking taps/fountains in Darwin ?
An informal survey showed a lot of claims that not only is it safe, but the most drinkable in Australia :)
However, all tap water in Darwin and the NT is monitored by NT Department of Heath.
This covers all tap water, making sure it is in line with the national guidelines.
In addition, they have rules for private supplies (eg groundwater):
Note: The ADWG apply to any water intended for drinking, irrespective of the source or where it is consumed, with the exception of bottled and packaged water as it is covered under the national Food Standards Code. Thus it should apply to your drinking fountains as well.