Changes to bin collection routes are now in place. All residents impacted by the changes have received a letter outlining new collection days.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 2017, the general environmental duty (GED) requires any person engaging in an activity that may cause risk of harm to human health or the environment from pollution or waste to minimise these risks. The GED applies to people who own or use (ie. tenants) a septic tank and how the system is constructed, installed, altered, operated, and maintained. Management of treated wastewater from your OWMS is your responsibility. Older systems, poorly installed systems, and poorly maintained systems can be a risk to human health and the environment; however, correctly maintaining your system will prevent harm and increase the life of your system.
For all systems, Council recommends to do the following to keep your system in good working area:
Don’t use any bleach, detergent, or disinfectant unless they are designed for use in an OWMS.
Use low phosphorus and low sodium (liquid) detergents to improve effluent quality and maintain the soil’s properties.
If your property has a treatment plant (AWTS), have it serviced by a suitably qualified agent at least once every 3 months in accordance with the system manufacturer‘s specifications.
For further information, please refer to the information sheets in the side panel or contact Council's Environmental Health Team.
How to maintain your septic system(DOCX, 33MB)
Questions to ask when buying a property with a septic system(DOCX, 17MB)
New owner of a property with a septic system guide(DOCX, 33MB)
Need a plumber? View a list of registered plumbers in your area(DOCX, 29KB)
Plumber's responsibilities with septic systems(PDF, 1MB)
Service agent's responsibilities with septic systems(PDF, 882KB)