Sewerage

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The Sewerage network is generally taken to be comprised on the sewage collection network (sewerage pipes leading from private, commercial and public premises), sewage pumping stations and inspection points and sewage treatment and reuse or disposal processes. Sewage treatment is also known as wastewater treatment.

Environmentally Relevant Activity 63 (ERA 63) in the Environmental Protection Regulations (EP Regs 2008) includes the operation of Sewage Treatment and also large sewage pumping stations in order to regulate potential environmental harm from discharges, reuse or overflows. Overflows from the sewerage network and pumping stations may occur in wet weather when sewage flows are increased from illegal connections to the network and because of stormwater infiltration. Sewerage systems are designed to overflow at selected points when necessary to prevent back-up of sewage and reduce the potential for spills within private premises.

Based on DERM guidelines and industry contributions qldwater distributed Sewage Overflow Guidelines and a template in 2010 for Service Providers to create individual Sewer Overflow Policies. These guidelines included a template for a Sewerage Incident Emergency Response Manual.

Sewer Overflows Policy 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 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)

qldwater has also created the Wet and Dry Well Inspection and Maintenance Manual to assist members with operations and Maintenance of pumping stations.

Wet and Dry Well Maintenance Manual Wet and Dry Well Maintenance Manual - Release Date 04-Dec-2009: - Manual and template for best practice maintenance of wet and dry well pumping stations. Created by qldwater for use by members. | Available for update by members. | (344KB)

Other Documents

Industry Comments on Draft Pumping Station Guidelines 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)

DERM Pump Station Guideline - Sept 2011 DERM Pump Station Guideline - Sept 2011 - Release Date 02-Sep-2011: - (134KB)

e Flash #132 - 2 September 2011 e Flash #132 - 2 September 2011 - Release Date 02-Sep-2011: - 1. Short Term Staff Changes at qldwater. | 2. Regional Collaboration of Provision of Water Services. | 3. Industry Feedback Sought on Changing DERM Requirements for Sewage Pump Stations. | (43KB)

Sewer Overflows Policy 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 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 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)

Water incident management flowcharts (member example) Water incident management flowcharts (member example) - Release Date 29-Jan-2010: - High-level incident management flowcharts provided by Sunshine Coast Water, showing procedures followed in the event of a water incident. (952KB)

Wet and Dry Well Maintenance Manual Wet and Dry Well Maintenance Manual - Release Date 04-Dec-2009: - Manual and template for best practice maintenance of wet and dry well pumping stations. Created by qldwater for use by members. | Available for update by members. | (344KB)

Sewage Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance Manual Sewage Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance Manual - Release Date 04-Sep-2008: - This manual forms part of a series covering water and wastewater infrastructure. This manual deals with treatment facilities at the sewage treatment plant (STP) The user of this manual will be those water service providers throughout NSW and Queensland responsible for the operation and maintenance of facilities at STPs. | Available to members only. | (9146KB)

Blockages of sanitary drains and sewer connections including tree root ingression Blockages of sanitary drains and sewer connections including tree root ingression - Release Date 15-Jun-2007: - Service Provider eample policy on blockage of sanitary drains and sewer connections including tree root ingression provided by Thuringowa Water. | Free member download. | Third party document that may be superseded. | (101KB)