Many homes located in the Council area dispose of domestic wastewater through septic tank systems. Owning a home in an unsewered area means that waste water treatment and disposal systems must be regularly maintained by the homeowner.
As a homeowner you can have a significant impact on how well your septic system works by the way it is maintained. A well maintained system will protect the environment and safeguard the health of you and your family.
It is recommended that you:
- Have your septic tank cleaned at least every three years
- Have your treatment plant services, sand filter and effluent disposal system checked regularly
- Keep the effluent disposal area protected from vehicles and livestock
- Be careful not to allow fats, oils, high nutrient detergents and sanitary products to enter your system
- Use water saving devices and water conservation measures where possible
- know the location and performance of your septic system.
All new septic tank systems that are installed require approval from Council. New systems are designed to ensure that all wastewater is treated and retained on site. If you plan to make alterations or additions to your house, you will have to have your existing septic tank system assessed and apply for a septic tank permit.