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Stormwater Plumbing

Do you know what impact your Stormwater has on the Waste Water Treatment Plant Operation and Waterways?

Stormwater has a significant impact on the Waste Water Treatment Plant Operation and Waterways.

Many people are not aware of the enormous impact that stormwater can have on the district's effluent drainage schemes. Stormwater from private properties, which is allowed to enter effluent drains, causes environmental damage and is costly to ratepayers, the wastewater treatment plant systems and the environment.

Effluent drains are not designed to take the extra volumes of water that comes with every rain. When there is a sudden influx of stormwater, sewage and septic effluent is displaced from these drains and escapes into the environment.

Ensuring that our creeks and waterways remain clean and healthy is the responsibility of everyone in the community.

Is your stormwater disposed of correctly?

Do the downpipes from your roof gutters discharge to the street or dedicated stormwater drain?

Does the overflow from any rainwater tanks discharge to the street or dedicated stormwater drain?

Does all other stormwater from your property discharge to the street or dedicated stormwater drain?

Is your flood gully finished sufficiently higher than the surrounding ground level so as to stop surface stormwater getting in?
(A flood gully can be either an outdoor trough, or simply a vertical pipe with a grate over the top and usually with a tap located above it).

Does the slope of the footpath around the flood gully fall away?

Is the lid of your septic tank, particularly if it is finished at ground surface level, adequately sealed?

If your stormwater is being discharged into the effluent drain then you are contributing to this problem.

Please help prevent this from happening. Ensure your stormwater is disposed of correctly.

Storm Water Intrusion Diagram

Swimming pool backwash water discharge

In order to protect our environment backwash water from both domestic and commercial pools must be disposed of in an appropriate manner. In areas serviced by council’s Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) the backwash water should be connected directly after the septic tank via a 100mm flood gully for disposal via the connection point. Properties not connected to CWMS or sewer require a sub-surface designated disposal area to be set up in accordance with council requirements.

For further information on the requirements for disposal of swimming pool backwash water please click here