Thank you for sharing your thoughts on wastewater management.
This feedback has helped to inform the development of Council’s Wastewater Management Plan.
This plan will be incorporated into an Integrated Water Management Plan, which is currently under review and will be considered by Council during 2024.
Did you know that Yarra Ranges contains approximately 22,000 active onsite wastewater (septic) systems - the second-largest number of any council in Victoria?
The Draft Wastewater Management Plan (the Plan) has been developed to assist with managing on-site wastewater, so it can be treated and retained with minimal risk to public health and the environment.
The Plan and related Action Plan identifies risks and outlines criteria and processes for inspections and assessments of new applications.
The Plan explains the parameters around Council's legislative and regulatory responsibilities and the collaborative partnerships with other key stakeholders, such as Yarra Valley Water, South East Water and various state government authorities.
Read the Draft Plan and Action Plan
- What is wastewater?
- What are Council's responsibilities in relation to wastewater?
- Why does Council need a Wastewater Management Plan?
- What are the main principles behind the plan?
- Who decides if I need to connect to mains sewer?
- Why can't I build a house on my block when there are other homes in the street?
- Why might I need to upgrade my system?
- Do I need a permit for a septic tank system?
- Are composting toilets approved for use?
- Why is wastewater discharging into the street?