Wellington Shire Council is reminding landowners whose properties are not connected to reticulated sewerage, about requirements under law for maintaining their onsite wastewater management systems (OWMS).
The environmental laws include obligations to operate correctly and maintain the OWMS, commonly known as a septic tank system, and ensure it does not overflow.
Poorly installed or maintained OWMS, particularly older ones, can pose health and environmental risks, including polluted drinking water, land and waterway contamination, and offensive smells.
Under the Environment Protection Act 2017 and Environment Protection Regulations 2021, property owners of land that use an OWMS to dispose of wastewater must do the following:
For more information including a video on how to maintain a septic system, visit EPA Victoria's website at https://bit.ly/3aqxEgA