ILLEGAL businesses are delivering drinking water without meeting tough safety checks as rain tanks across the Fraser Coast are emptying fast, a businessman claims.
Brynard Water Carriage owner operator Jacques Brynard is warning people who do have to top up to check the people delivering their drinking water are meeting safety requirements.
He said several fly-by-night water-carrying businesses had begun operating on the Fraser Coast as the drought drove up demand for water haulage.
"When it rains, they (the illegal businesses) all disappear into the woodwork," he said.
Fraser Coast Council regulations mean water carrier businesses that deliver drinking water must have a mobile food business licence.
The regulations require a licence number and trading name to be displayed on tanks carrying drinking water.
Businesses with a licence have to comply with strict tank fittings and sanitation requirements to prevent contamination of drinking water.
Mr Brynard said homeowners could ask businesses to show their permits to make sure it met safety standards.
His business has been delivering more than 150,000 litres of water each day to Fraser Coast homes.
Mr Brynard said intermittent showers had helped fill rain tanks in some areas, but not all.
"The rain we get is patchy," he said.
"Quite often one guy will get rained on and his neighbour won't."