This On-Site Sewage Management Plan (strategy) was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government (General) Regulation, 2005.
The plan relates to domestic wastewater (non-commercial/industrial activities) for on-site systems treating up to 2000 litres per day.
The Local Government Act 1993 requires all on-site sewage management systems to be inspected by Council and have an Approval to Operate. Councils issues the Approval to Operate through a licensing/register system.
On-site sewage management systems (which include septics, aerated wastewater treatment systems, composting toilets, reedbeds, sand filters, biological filters, membrane reactors, greywater systems, etc) are required in all non-sewered areas.
These systems treat wastewater from a premise before being disposed of to an on-site land application area. Land application areas may include absorption/evaporation beds, subsurface irrigation or drip irrigation.
The Plan provides information to applicants and the community about On-Site Sewage Management Systems and what must be included in an application to install, modify or operate such a system.
On-site systems that are not performing satisfactorily may lead to significant environmental and public health issues. As such the long term viability and satisfactory performance of the system is fundamental in minimising any potential adverse impacts.