Council is undertaking township wide inspection of septic tanks within the six unsewered townships in the Shire. Branxholme, Penshurst and Glenthompson septic inspection programs have been completed with Cavendish, Balmoral and Tarrington still to come.
Councils in Victoria are responsible for ensuring domestic septic systems, with flow rates of less than 5000L/day, are installed and managed correctly, to avoid environmental pollution and public health issues. Council’s Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (2006) recommends regular inspections of systems to ensure their correct operation and as a result the Council has committed to conduct the inspection program throughout the municipality.
Many of the onsite systems within the Shire are up to 25-30 years old and are therefore reaching a point where minor maintenance and monitoring is required to ensure the systems remain functional into the future.
An important outcome of the programs was to develop an understanding of the locations, conditions and uses of many of the aged systems, with the intent to provide owners with the knowledge and advice to avoid any potential public health issues into the future. Reports for each township are available.
If you have any further questions, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Department.
Environmental Health Department
1 Market Place
Hamilton Vic 3300
Phone (03) 5573 0256