Onsite Sewage Management

Onsite Sewage Management

For water leaks or sewer blockages call 1300 136 833 (24 hours).

Armidale Sewage Treatment Plant

The Armidale Regional Council Sewage Treatment Plant is located at 63 Cafferies Road on the Waterfall Way. It was first constructed in the late 1930's when the population was only 6,000. It was upgraded in the 1960's to handle the growing population and it now serves a population of around 21,000 people with approx. 8,000 connections to the sewer.

Armidale residents connected to the sewerage network are encouraged to contact Council regarding sewage overflows into either a dwelling or property. Council will assess the problem and if it is found to be Council responsibility, then all efforts will be made to rectify the problem quickly. However, if the problem is within the property internal sewerage system, the resident will be advised to contact a licensed plumber. Council does not charge for this service.

Guyra Sewage Treatment Works

Improved management of biosolids is being undertaken at the Guyra Sewage Treatment Works.

Under the 2013/14 program, Council undertook works to reduce the infiltration of stormwater into the sewerage network to help reduce the problem of high wet weather flows into the sewage treatment plant at Guyra. Work included sealing access lids and structures where water could enter the system from open drains. Some lids have been raised to prevent water pooling over the lid and draining into the pipe network.

An ongoing inspection program is being carried out to inspect manholes and to identify any illegal private stormwater connections to the system.

At Tingha, Council operates a low pressure sewerage system to provide satisfactory service to the residential area of the town.

On-site Sewage Management

If your home is not connected to the sewer, you may have an on-site sewage management system, such as a septic tank, composting toilet or aerated system.

There are special regulations that apply to these systems. As the owner of the property, it is your responsibility to ensure that the system is approved by your council and that it is working properly. On-site systems can be a risk to the health of your family and other community members if they are not properly maintained. They can also cause harm to the environment.

To ensure that your system meets the requirements, you need to obtain two approvals from council.

The first approval is to install the system. 
This applies to new homes or alterations to existing systems.

The second approval is to operate the system. 
As a new owner of land with an existing on-site sewerage management system (or systems), you need to have the Approval to Operate transferred to you.Council will carry out regular inspections to make sure the system is working properly - these inspections carry a fee for this service.

Application forms and Documents

Visit the Office of Local Government OSSM Information website for further assistance.

Application for Transfer Approval to Operate for Onsite Sewage Management System 2016 (PDF 439.8KB)

Request for On-Site Sewage Management System Inspection and Operational Approval Form (PDF 239.1KB)

On-Site Wastewater Management Local Approvals Policy (POL225) (PDF 4.7MB)

The Easy Septic Guide (PDF 986.7KB)

S68 Application form for Onsite Sewage (PDF 226.4KB)

Onsite Sewage Management Fact Sheet (PDF 813.8KB)