The Moreton Bay area is a wonderful place to live, with beautiful scenery, friendly people and a gorgeous environment. In order to keep the surroundings clean and the waterways unpolluted though, the disposal of wastewater is super important.
That is why Moreton Bay Regional Council has a range of rules and regulations when it comes to on-site sewerage treatment for properties in their area, which is why we have put some information together to help residents (or incoming residents) negotiate the process when installing one. If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided, give Express Wastewater Solutions a call on 1300 722 517 and we would be happy to discuss your household wastewater needs.
An on-site sewerage facility, otherwise known as an OSSF, is any system that has the capability to store, treat and dispose of household wastewater on a property.
Anyone who is not connected to a municipal sewerage arrangement must have an OSSF.
There are a few different types of on-site sewerage facilities, including:
A sewerage treatment system can have up to 3 stages when it comes to dealing with waste:
When it comes to OSSFs, the responsibilities are somewhat dispersed between parties:
If an owner is required to have an OSSF installed on their property, it must be approved by the Council before it is installed. There are few steps involved, which are set out below.
When obtaining approval from Council, a part of the process is a site and soil evaluation, as it is essential that the evaluator selects the most suitable arrangement for the property and engages the best environmental practices to support the chosen design. A key consideration in determining how sewage is controlled and disposed of is the quality of effluent that is released from an OSSF.
In addition to the above, after an OSSF has been installed a site and evaluator must inspect and certify the unit to ensure that it fully complies with the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002, the Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code, Council's development conditions and the Environmental Protection Act 1994. This is done by completing a Form 8 which is available on the Moreton Bay Regional Council site .
*Tip - Before lodging an application to install, extend or remove an OSSF with Council, consult with a site and soil evaluator to discuss the options available for effluent disposal within your property.
After a wastewater treatment system has been installed, the manufacturer of the plant must certify that the arrangement has been constructed in accordance with design requirements and specifications and that such equipment has been installed and commissioned in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. This certification is known as a Commissioning Certificate .
Finally, a concurrence agency referral is required under the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulations 2003 when a Private Building Certifier is assessing any domestic extension where the number of bedrooms increases in a dwelling, and there is an OSSF on the property. This must be done even when plumbing work is not part of the extension, and the referral is provided to the Council for review.
The role of Council (as a concurrence agency) is to assess if the OSSF that is currently on the property can handle the extension. It is the responsibility of a Private Building Certifier to complete a Request for concurrence agency for on-site wastewater management application and pay the relevant fee.
When it comes to monitoring on-site sewerage facilities, there are a few points to remember:
Owners must be aware that servicing any facility is a normal procedure to ensure that routine ongoing efficient operation occurs - Moreton Bay Regional Council
We thought we’d let you in on a few handy hints when it comes to OSSFs, to make things a little easier for you!
If you have any further questions regarding on-site sewerage treatment systems or any other wastewater treatment options, give Express Wastewater Solutions a call on 1300 722 517 and we would be happy to discuss your household wastewater needs. We are your knowledgeable and experienced wastewater experts, so get in contact now!
Moreton Bay Regional Council (On-site sewerage treatment): https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Building-Development/Building-and-Plumbing/On-site-Sewerage
Moreton Bay Regional Council (Your Guide to Wastewater & Sewerage Systems): https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/files/assets/public/services/building-development/building-plumbing/wastewater-and-sewerage-systems-brochure.pdf
Queensland Government (On-site sewage facilities): https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/Plumbing/OnSiteSewerage/Pages/default.aspx
The information contained on this web page is created as general information and should be used as a guide only. Express Wastewater Solutions will not take any responsibility for any consequences that may arise from reliance on this web page and its information.