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Domestic Wastewater Management Systems

If you intend to intstall or alter a domestic wastewater treatment system which includes a septic tank, you will be required to lodge a Wastewater Application with the Glenelg Shire.

The Wastewater Application booklet provides information on the application process, the types of systems that are available and the information you need to consider when making your application.

The Wastewater Application also provides additional information on:

Installing a Wastewater System

The application process requires that the following information must be submitted to Council:

A completed, signed application form
Lodgement of relevant application fee
A site plan showing all buildings and waste water layout
Floor Plan of dwelling showing layout of rooms and number of bedrooms
Copy of Title with plan
A copy of the site Soil Report or Land Capability Assessment (if applicable)

Please read the Domestic Wastewater Application Guide thoroughly before you lodge your application. This will help prevent delays in your application process.

The Environmental Health Officer performs three (3) inspections of each system undertaken.
These inspections include:
1. An initial site inspection after receipt of application by Council enabling the issue of a Permit to Install the waste water system
2. An inspection of the septic tank during the installation process (if available)
3. A final inspection when the system is completed

After the final inspection, the EHO will ask for a Plumbers Industry Certificate of Compliance. Once this has been received, an Approval to Use will be issued. Please read this Approval to Use carefully and abide to its conditions.

It is your responsibility to manage the wastewater from your septic system and/or treatment plant.

Wastewater Treatment Plants

These systems are generally referred to as secondary treatment systems as the quality of the effluent produced is of a higher quality than that produced from a septic tank. To achieve this higher quality standard, these systems usually require a higher level of maintenance as they rely on the provision of oxygen being pumped into the wastewater to assist in the biological and microbial activity required to break down solid wastes.

Types of Treatment Plants
There are many different types of wastewater treatment systems that are available. To help you decide on the best treatment system for you, the EPA Victoria website provides further information and links to the websites of approved waste-water treatment systems. If you are still not sure which system is the best for you, talk to your local plumber.

For further Information regarding Wastewater Treatment Systems, click here.

Wastewater Systems in Flood Affected Areas
If you live in a flood affected area and flood waters have affected your property, your wastewater system may also be affected. Please read this brochure for information on what to do with your system.

How to Look After Your Wastewater Treatment System
Your wastewater treatment system requires your assistance to ensure it continues to operate in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. For information on helpful hints to maintain your system, warning signs of a failing system and the names and contact details of servicing companies, please read the Your New Wastewater Treatment System brochure.

Application to Installing or Altering a Wastewater System Form

Glenelg Shire Council Wastewater Management Plan 2009

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