Sewage management systems
There are a number of suburbs within Lake Macquarie where a direct connection to Hunter Water reticulated sewer system is not available and as such, wastewater must be managed on-site.
Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council has a role of ensuring that wastewater treatment systems are installed, operated and maintained appropriately.
Domestic wastewater treatment systems installed include:
- septic tanks with evapotranspiration beds or absorption trenches
- composting systems (worm farms)
- pump to sewer systems
- effluent pump out system
- Aerated Wastewater Treatment Systems (AWTS).
For enquires of premises connected to the reticulated sewer system please contact Hunter Water on 1300 657 657.
Installing a new system or altering an existing system
The Local Government Act 1993 prescribes that the installation, alteration or construction of a waste treatment device requires approval by Council.
Before a system can be installed or altered, a Section 68 application must be submitted to Council to be assessed against current regulations and standards. Applications can be submitted in person at our Administration Building at 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, or lodged online. Applications can also be mailed to Council at PO Box 1906, Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310, however the application fee must be included with the application. If payment is not received with applications received via mail, the application will not be able to be assessed by Council.
The application must include site plans, dwelling floor plan, system specification and NSW Health accreditation documents. Systems with on-site effluent disposal will also require a site-specific assessment report from an appropriately qualified Environmental Consultant. If the application is lodged online by a person other than the owner, written consent of the owner must be included with the application. Application fees must be paid at the time of lodgement.
Installation of new domestic treatment systems must be accredited by NSW Health and an inspection must be completed.
It is important to contact Council's Environmental Health Officers before submitting an application to discuss any specific issues to your application.
Operate a new or existing system
Under the Local Government Act 1993, every onsite system requires approval from Council, which must be renewed every three years. Property owners must comply with conditions of their approval. It is an offence to operate an onsite system without approval from Council.
If you purchase a property with an existing on-site system, Council will automatically send you the application for approval to operate a system of sewage management form once notification is received of the title transfer.
For further information contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333
Page last updated: 02 May 2019