What is wastewater?

Wastewater includes the water flushed down the toilet and the water that drains from bath, sink, washing machine and other domestic sources. It enters the wastewater system via the sewer pipes on private property and Council is then responsible for the appropriate management and discharge to the receiving environment.

Businesses and industrial activities also produce wastewater which passes through the Council wastewater scheme. This will either be classed as domestic waste or trade waste.

Wastewater is made up of 99 per cent water and the remaining one per cent consists of:

  • human waste and food scraps
  • heavy metals – lead, zinc, copper
  • debris – sand, wood, plastic
  • oil and grease.

Get more information on our Council's wastewater network and find out about your responsibilities in relation to septic tanks and preventing stormwater from getting into Council wastewater systems. 

Effectively treating wastewater helps to minimise its impact on our environment.

Property development and wastewater

If you are developing land, building or renovating - you will need to consider your wastewater needs and any consents you may need to obtain to ensure your activities are linked in appropriately with Council infrastructure and services. See land and property for more information.

Wastewater bylaws

See below for our current Trade Waste Bylaw 2008. Our proposed Trade Waste and Wastewater Bylaw is currently under public consultation. Find out more here.

Your actions

Find out more about how your actions can impact on water supply and stormwater. Read about how you can save water with Smart Water, including how much you use your water supply and how you can recycle some of your wastewater for other uses.

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