Swan Hill Rural City Council engaged a consultant to prepare a Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) under a funding agreement provided by DSE in 2007. A key action of the 2007 DWMP included a review of the original plan after four years of implementation. The 2012 version of the DWMP provides the findings from this review and sets redefined goals and objectives and the subsequent action plans to ensure the management of domestic wastewater in the Swan Hill region is both current, realistic and measureable.
Swan Hill Rural City Council has 22 rural towns and communities who rely on septic tank systems for the treatment of domestic wastewater. Within these 22 townships, there are about 8,500 systems currently in use and of these, 50 are considered to be greater than 25 years old.
This plan provides the necessary strategies to ensure the existing septic tank systems, and any new installations, are installed, maintained and monitored to protect the health of the community and the surrounding physical environment.