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POL/COMM808

Domestic Wastewater Operational Management

POLICY TITLE DOMESTIC WASTEWATER OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
POLICY NUMBER POL/COMM808
DATE ADOPTED OCTOBER 2013
DATE REVIEWED APRIL 2021
NEXT REVIEW APRIL 2024
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Swan Hill Rural City Council’s (Counci l ) Public Health Services has a responsibility for ensuring that Council is meeting its legal obligations with respect to domestic wastewater management and the Environment Protection Act 1970, Environment Protection Act 2017 along with any regulation made there under and the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria).

Scope

This policy applies to all Council staff dealing with onsite wastewater management. The policy also applies to all new multi lot subdivisions, all new installations or alterations of onsite wastewater management systems.

Policy

All septic tank installations within Swan Hill Rural City Council are to be installed in accordance with the Environment Protection Act 1970, Environment Protection Act 2017 along with any regulation made there under and the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria).

All property owners will be made aware of their responsibilities to ensure compliance with the Environment Protection Act 1970, Environment Protection Act 2017 along with any regulation made there under and the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria), including requirements to apply for a permit to install or alter a septic tank system and monitor and maintain that septic tank system in accordance with the permit conditions issued by Council.

Potential public health or environmental health risks or nuisances associated with failing septic tank systems will be appropriately investigated and immediate action is taken to remedy the risk.

Related Policies

  • PRO/COMM810 Septic Tank Applications Procedure
  • PRO/COMM811 Land Capability Assessments Procedure
  • PRO/COMM809 Investigation of Complaints and Enforcement Protocols Procedure
  • Domestic Wastewater Management Plan 2019-2021

Related Legislation

  • Environment Protection Act 1970
  • Environment Protection Act 2017 and associated regulations
  • State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria)

Signed: John McLinden (CEO)
Date: 20/04/2021

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