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Sewerage system guidelines

​​​​​​​​Most Australian cities and towns are served by sewerage systems. These systems generally convey sewerage from domestic and commercial users to treatment plants, where it is treated and either discharged into receiving environments or re-used.

Guidelines for Sewerage Systems are available to help regulators and sewerage authorities establish measures to manage sewerage and protect public health. These guidelines are part of the National Water Quality Management Strategy.

Five separate guidelines documents cover specific aspects of sewerage system management.

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Acceptance of trade waste (industrial waste)

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Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand & Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 1994

National guidelines for trade wastes discharged to sewer. These guidelines can help sewerage authorities implement their trade waste management programs and are a reference point for the community, industry and environmental groups.

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​​​Guidelines for Sewerage Systems: Acceptance of Trade Waste (Industrial Waste) PDF601.44 MB

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Biosolids (sludge) management

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Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, 2004

National guidelines for the management of biosolids (sludge). These guidelines are designed to facilitate the beneficial use of biosolids. Describes procedures for minimising public health risks and environmental harm arising from the application of biosolids.

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Guidelines for Sewerage Systems: Biosolids Management PDF523.26 MB

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Effluent management

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Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand & Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 1997

Reviews the overall management of sewerage systems and specifically addresses effluent management, forming the basis for a common and national approach throughout Australia.

Deals with effluent from wastewater treatment plants for domestic and industrial waste, but not effluent discharged directly to the environment from sources such as septic tanks, industry and stormwater drains.

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Australian Guidelines for Sewerage Systems: Effluent Management PDF463.01 MB

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Reclaimed water

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Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand & Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2000

Provides advice on reclaimed water quality, level of treatment, safeguards and controls and monitoring. These guidelines address effluent arising from municipal (community) wastewater plants but do not consider reclaimed water from individual household systems or undiluted liquid wastes of industrial origin.

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Guidelines for Sewerage Systems: Use of Reclaimed Water PDF584.23 MB

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Sewerage system overflows

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Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand & Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2004

National guidelines for use by the community, regulators and sewerage authorities, for management of the human health and environmental impacts of sewerage system overflows. Addresses overflows throughout a sewerage system, with the exception of those arising from internal plumbing systems within buildings.

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Guidelines for Sewerage Systems: Sewerage System Overflows PDF62​4.00 MB

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