Benefits of looking after your system

Benefits of looking after your system

a failing wastewater system

Looking after your system means you can avoid failures like this where the raw effluent
is overflowing

A well-managed onsite wastewater management system will treat wastewater (produced from all water you use in your home) so that it can be safely released onto land of your property.

Good management requires you as a property owner to:

  • know your system type, location and layout
  • ensure you have the right system for your home's wastewater needs and your land's capability to manage effluent disposal (such as soil type, slope, size, amount of wastewater)
  • have a valid approval from your council to operate the system
  • undertake regular maintenance
  • be vigilant to spot any problems early.

Properly maintaining your system is as important as ensuring you have the right system for your home's needs and your land's capabilities.

Did you know?

Poorly maintained onsite wastewater management systems are a serious source of water pollution and may cause health risks, odours, and attract vermin and insects.

The benefits of properly looking after your onsite wastewater management system include:

  • Cost savings - regular maintenance reduces the chances of needing to replace your system sooner than you need, saving you considerable money in the long run.
  • Health and community - effluent is treated to the correct standard and applied to your land in a way that protects the health of your family and pets.
  • Environment - effluent is disposed of on your land in a way that doesn't pollute groundwater or nearby creeks that are part of the drinking water catchment.
  • Sustainability - wastewater treated to a high standard in advanced onsite systems can be re-used to irrigate your property, reducing your reliance on rainwater tanks.
  • Legal responsibilities - you meet your legal responsibilities as a property owner when your onsite system meets NSW Health guidelines along with your council's requirements.

What you can do

  • Learn the correct maintenance requirements for your system and, where appropriate, enter into a service agreement with a qualified and experienced service provider to carry out maintenance as scheduled.
  • Keep good records of maintenance and any repairs, including dates and nature of repairs.
  • Inspect your treatment system and effluent application area regularly, so you spot any leaks, overflows or other problems early, potentially reducing the cost of repairs and the risk of contamination and public health hazards.


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