Effective management of domestic sewage and wastewater is an important consideration for human health and the environment. Effective management requires the active involvement of both the Council and landholders. This Management Plan is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government (General) Regulations, 2005 and has been developed to help Wagga Wagga City Council assess, regulate and manage the selection, design, installation, operation and maintenance of On-site Sewage Management Systems.
The benefits of an On-site Sewage Management plan are:
- Better catchment management;
- A consistent message to householders and on-site sewage operators;
- A coordinated approach to liaise with industry, including developers, professional consultants, private certifiers, service agents and plumbers;
- Develop information and education strategies.
Regulations gazetted on March 1998 by the Minister for Local Government requires owners of household septic systems and other small On-site Sewage Management facilities to apply to Council for approval to operate and amend a system. The granting of any such approval allows the Council to monitor performances on a regular basis. In accordance with Local Government Act 1993 all On-site Sewage Management Systems are required to be licensed by Council. Effective and strategic management of existing septic systems and attention to address sewage management issues in new release areas is an important task of Council.