If you own or rent a house that is not connected to the sewage system provided by Sydney Water, you will have some type of sewage management system on the property.
The systems listed below provide storage, treatment and disposal of household wastewater in a way that ensures minimal impact to public health and the environment.
These systems are all classified as sewage management systems and require licensing and inspections to be carried out by Council.
The Environmental and Health Protection Guidelines - Onsite Sewage Management for Single Households provide general guidelines for householder’s responsibilities for managing a sewage management system.
On-site sewage management is the management of untreated wastewater generated within a household, completely within the boundary of the premises.
Wastewater includes all wastewater arising from household activities, including wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.
Where the centralised sewage system is not available to a premises, on-site sewage management is required.
On-site sewage management includes any activity carried out for the purpose of holding or processing, reusing or otherwise disposing of sewage or by-products of sewage.
Products that affect your septic system:
If problems continue contact a licensed plumber immediately.
On-site sewage management involves the collection and treatment of human waste and wastewater, followed by the release of liquid (treated wastewater) and solid (sludge, sewage and compost) products into the environment.
The inappropriate use or disposal of these products can have adverse impacts on the community and public health through the spread of disease by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms in the wastewater, contamination of ground water and surface water, degradation of soil and vegetation and loss of amenity, caused by odours and insects.
Download an application form below for approval to operate or construct an on-site sewage management system under Section 68 Application of Local Government Act