Mitigating Sewer Overflows
Service Providers responsibilities to mitigate sewer overflows is an issue of focus for qldwater members. Previous State guidelines detailed steps Service Providers can follow to meet their General Environmental Duty but members have raised concern about the need for more guidance on how this issue ought to be approached.
qldwater developed a generic technical policy and guidelines for councils dealing with this issue that can be modified to meet local conditions. The aim is to provide an industry wide approach that will provide greater certainty for Service Providers in avoiding risks such as environmental harm in light of cost and social trade-offs. The final version of this manual was completed with strong input from an expert industry panel (with thanks to those Service Providers involved). The manual was distributed to all members in mid 2010.
Industry Comments on Draft Pumping Station Guidelines - Release Date 30-Sep-2011: - The water industry was asked by DERM to provide comments on draft amendments to the Guidelines for Sewage Pumping Stations ERA 63(3). | Free download. | (73KB)
Sewer Overflows Policy - Release Date 24-Jun-2010: - Sewer Overflow Policy and Supporting Technical Guidelines and the Sewerage Incident Emergency Response Manual. This two part document expands upon the existing Department of the Environment and Resource Management/EPA Guidelines and provides details on steps Service Providers can follow to meet their General Environmental Duty to reduce overflows and resultant environmental impacts. (1641KB)
Sewage Incident Response Manual - Release Date 02-Apr-2010: - Industry template for a WSP-specific manual for responding to sewage overflow incidents and meet Queensland environmental legislation. Created by qldwater with input from members. | Available for modification by members. | (1122KB)
Sewer Overflows Policy Guidelines and Template - Release Date 02-Apr-2010: - Policy template and guidleines for use by members to create a WSP-specific policy to mitigate and manage potential sewage overflows. Created by qldwater with assistance from members and reference to Queensland environmental legislation. | Available for modification by members. | (423KB)