Environmental Health

Our Environmental Health Team is responsible for administering legislative requirements under the following acts:

  • South Australian Public Health Act 2011, and subordinate codes and regulations
  • Food Act 2001, Food Regulations 2002, and Food Safety Standards
  • Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992, and Regulations

The Environmental Health Team also works in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on matters concerning noise, dust and stormwater pollution.

As part of the administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, Environmental Health Officers regulate the following items.


Public spas and swimming pools

Public pools and spas pose potential health risks if not properly maintained. Disease causing organisms live and multiply in pool water that has not been properly treated and can result in eye, ear, skin and intestinal infection. Inadequate chemical balance of pool water can also cause skin rashes and conjunctivitis.

Council's Environmental Health Section inspects public pools and spas ensuring that they are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, the South Australian Public Health (General) Regulations 2013 and Standard for the Operation of Swimming Pools and Spa Pools in South Australia – revised 2013.

When inspecting public swimming pools, Environmental Health Officers look at a variety of requirements including:

  • The pool must be fitted with an automatic doser
  • The levels of disinfectant, pH & alkalinity
  • Regular testing
  • Operators knowledge

To view fact sheets and legislation regarding Public Swimming Pools and Spas visit the SA Health Website.

High risk manufactured water systems (HRMWS)

Information is available to owners and operators responsible for the control of legionella in High Risk Manufactured Water Systems; particularly cooling water systems, and warm water systems.

High Risk Manufactured Water Systems must be operated and maintained in accordance with the South Australian Public Health Act (Legionella) Regulations 2013, the Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 3666) and the Guidelines for the Control of Legionella.

A key role of Council in relation to HRMWS and legionella control includes annual registration and inspection in accordance with the above legislation of all registered systems within the City of Unley.

For more information regarding the control of Legionella visit the SA Health Website.