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|Centre||Population Serviced||Sewerage Customers Billed|
|Port Franklin||129||Not serviced|
|Fish Creek||183||Not Serviced|
|Koonwarra||152 (estimate)||Not serviced|
|Leongatha||4,762||2,810 Also includes Steam Condensate Wastewater|
1. Population Served based on
ABS 2006 Census* updated with local government growth factor of
2.5% Bass Coast Shire Council, 1.5% South Gippsland Shire Council and
0.9% Wellington Shire Council.
2. Water and Sewerage Assessments = Number of Rated Properties at 30th June 2012.
3. The Waratah Bay figures are an estimate only – it is not possible to isolate them from the ABS Fish Creek collection district, which also includes Sandy Point as well as the township of Fish Creek.
* ABS method of calculation of population has changed, from enumerated persons, [population figure taken on where people are located on the census night], to a persons usual place of residence, regardless of where they are on Census night.
South Gippsland Water continues work on the Alberton Sewerage Scheme.
In 2011 the Corporation held a community vote to endorse the
Over three quarters of
landowners returned a vote, the overwhelming majority of landowners
within the community have voted yes, with 79% of respondents voting in
favour of the scheme.
In reaffirming the community's endorsement of the proposal, when
votes were counted based on the number of allotments owned, over 67% of
allotment votes were in favor of the scheme.
In reaffirming the community's endorsement of the proposal, when votes were counted based on the number of allotments owned, over 67% of allotment votes were in favor of the scheme.
South Gippsland Water is now preparing to award tenders for the
supply of pump units, construction of the reticulation system and
construction of the rising main. Construction is scheduled for
South Gippsland Water is now preparing to award tenders for the supply of pump units, construction of the reticulation system and construction of the rising main. Construction is scheduled for 2013/14
For more information regarding the Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme and property connections, please conact South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636
South Gippsland Water recognises that with appropriate management, by-products of wastewater treatment (e.g. treated effluent) can be a resource rather than a waste, and we are endeavouring to reuse where possible. The Corporation currently has a number of reuse schemes which include the following:
Tarraville wastewater treatment plant – a nearby farmer uses
approximately 100ML of recycled water per year for irrigation of
pasture. The pasture is used for grazing beef cattle.
• Inverloch wastewater treatment plant – a nearby farmer uses around 20-30ML per year to irrigate crops for cattle fodder.
• Toora wastewater treatment plant – the Toora Football Club uses 2-3ML per year of recycled water during summer to irrigate the football ground, which saves them using the town water supply during the driest part of the year.
• Leongatha and Korumburra wastewater treatment plants – recycled water is available from a standpipe at each treatment plant for approved customers to use instead of town drinking water. Uses so far have included weed spraying and road works/dust suppression.
• Waratah Bay wastewater treatment plant – a nearby farmer uses available reclaimed water to irrigate crops for cattle fodder.
Wastewater from your laundry, showers and kitchen sink is commonly referred to as 'Greywater'. Many people are re-using this greywater for watering gardens and lawns. This is an excellent re-use option for this otherwise wasted water, however some washing detergents and laundry powders are more garden friendly than others.
For a complete guide to greywater and your garden click the icon below to visit the greysmart website and resources.
Thank you for taking the time to read about trade waste. Understanding the responsibilities and relationship between water usage, wastewater discharge to the wastewater system and our environment can save you money and avoid any breaches of the law. This brings benefits to you as an organisation, business, shop owner or property owner and to South Gippsland Water.
South Gippsland Water aims to promote the effective and efficient management of trade waste for the protection of the health and safety and SGW’s staff and the public, the environment, and SGW’s infrastructure and treatment processes.
This guide is designed to assist you to better understand Trade waste responsibilities and the steps you need to take to gain a Trade Waste Agreement.
What is Trade Waste?
Trade waste is liquid waste generated by industry, business, trade or
manufacturing process. The Water
Act 1989 prohibits the unauthorised discharge of trade wastes, other
than domestic sewage, into the sewerage system. This Act ensures that
producers of trade waste in Victoria obtain Agreement from their Local
Water Business to discharge their trade waste to the sewerage system.
In general terms trade waste is liquid waste other than domestic sewage. It is wastewater that would normally be generated from any commercial premises, industry, trade or manufacturing business. You must have an Agreement from SGW to discharge trade waste into SGW’s wastewater system.
The Water Act 1989 together with the Trade Waste By-Law provides SGW with the legal power to manage trade waste discharges so that they can then effectively ensure compliance with all requirements under the Environmental Protection Act.
Management of Trade Waste
South Gippsland Water aims to maintain a wastewater system to service residential, commercial and light industrial businesses. Our trade waste objectives are:
· To protect the safety of our personnel and the general public.
· To ensure that waste permitted into the sewer can be treated by our treatment processes.
· To protect our assets from unsafe or unsuitable substances.
· To encourage waste minimisation amongst trade waste dischargers.
· To ensure that the waste accepted to the wastewater system does not limit the ability to reuse biosolids or treated wastewater.
The following documents can be downloaded for more information regarding the management of trade waste.
Trade Waste Acceptance Criteria
South Gippsland Water has established a trade waste procedure to ensure
that trade waste risks and impacts are being managed appropriately.
The nature and levels of the components and characteristics of
any trade waste discharged to sewer must comply at all times with the
acceptance criteria as outlined in the following document.
In most businesses, pre-treatment of the trade waste is a requirement before it is discharged to sewer. Each business type will have its own requirements for pre-treatment. Many take-away food businesses, for example, will require a grease and oil interceptor. The purpose of this interceptor is to trap grease and oil at the source, and preventing it from entering the sewerage system where it may cause blockages.
The type of pre-treatment required will depend on the type of business. South Gippsland Water trade waste staff can assist businesses to determine general pre-treatment requirements. To determine the specific design of pre-treatment equipment required to meet the acceptance criteria limits, businesses may need to contact the Plumbing Industry Commission, engineering consulting services, equipment manufacturers, or a suitably qualified plumber. A registered plumber will need to be engaged to carry out installation of equipment.
Trade Waste Agreements and Consents
South Gippsland Water classifies trade waste customers with
consideration to the type of business, industry or activity carried out
by the customer into Category 1, 2 or 3.
Category 1 trade waste customers pose the lowest risk, with
Category 3 the highest.
Trade waste charges shall then be assessed by reference to the waste
categories. Trade waste categories are outlined in the Trade Waste
Procedure document which can be downloaded above.
Trade waste categories are outlined in the Trade Waste Procedure document which can be downloaded above.
Prior to the discharge of trade waste to the sewerage system, customers are required to enter into a Trade Waste Agreement or Consent with SGW. Category 1 trade waste customers will be provided with a Trade Waste Consent, whilst Category 2 and 3 customers will enter into a Trade Waste Agreement with South Gippsland Water. Examples of standard consent and agreement documents are included below.
“Deemed” Trade Waste Customers
South Gippsland Water has a number of non-residential customers who discharge to the sewerage system and would come under the definition of “Trade Waste” but are considered too small for South Gippsland Water to require a Trade Waste Agreement, and do not warrant the additional level of administration and monitoring that comes with this. Clause 4.4 of the ESC Trade Waste Customer Service Code makes provision for dischargers of trade waste of a nature similar to domestic sewage, at South Gippsland Water’s discretion, to have their agreement arise automatically through customer conduct. These types of customers are classified as “Deemed” trade waste customers.
Customers who, by definition in Water Law, discharge trade waste, but that:
· Discharge small quantities of trade waste to South Gippsland Water’s sewer and which is of a similar nature to domestic sewage; or
· Operates a business of a type which discharges small quantities of trade waste to South Gippsland Water’s sewer and which is of a similar nature to domestic sewage,
· will be considered “Deemed” trade waste customers.
Businesses that South Gippsland Water would consider to fall into this category include, but are not limited to:
· Small food businesses
· Sporting facilities (without catering facilities)
· Doctors surgery/clinic
· Funeral parlour
· Tattoo/piercing establishments
Cleaner Production and Waste Minimisation
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) provides the following waste hierarchy which South Gippsland Water fully supports (in order of preference):
· Recovery of energy
Here are some tips to consider in your daily business activities which will help to reduce greasy waste, protect the environment, and save you money:
· Wipe dishes with a cloth or paper towel before washing
· Pour used oil into containers for recycling
· Use less cooking oil where you can
· Collect food scraps for composting
· Use less detergent
· Sweep floors before washing
· Ensure that NO OIL goes down the drain
Please DON’T put these things into the sewerage system;
· Household Chemicals like solvents, paints or pesticides
· Grease or oil from cooking
· Food scraps including coffee grounds and tea leaves
· Items such as cotton buds, syringes, razor blades or condoms
· Any other solid substance.
Things you CAN DO to help;
· Install sink strainers to catch food waste
· Soak up cooking oils & fats using kitty litter or paper towel and place this into your rubbish bin
· Place a rubbish bin in the bathroom or toilet
· Use low phosphorous detergents
· Pin up a reminder for house guests & holiday renters
Trade Waste Charges
Trade waste charges are split into three categories. These include:
· A once-off application fee
· An annual service fee
· A water usage charge.
If required a quality charge may also be applicable.
South Gippsland Water will only impose fees and charges in connection with trade waste in accordance with the prices and pricing principles set out in the price determination made by the Essential Services Commission for SGW.
Application of Prices -PDF
SGW Tariff Schedule - Application of Prices -PDF
Pricing Principles - PDF
SGW Tariff Schedule - Pricing Principles - PDF
South Gippsland Water’s Trade Waste staff with the portable water quality sampler for on site testing of wastewater.
Graeme Jackson, Project Development Manager, discussing the early stages of the Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme with a local resident.
Construction underway at the Meeniyan Wastewater and Wetlands site