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Approval required for domestic greywater diversion

75A Approval required for domestic greywater diversion

(1) For the purposes of item 10 of Part F of the Table to section 68 of the Act, domestic greywater diversion is prescribed as an activity that requires the prior approval of the council.
(2) However, domestic greywater diversion may be carried out without the prior approval of the council if:
(a) it is carried out in accordance with the Plumbing Code of Australia, and
(b) a sewage management facility is not installed on the premises concerned, and
(c) the following performance standards are achieved:
(i) the prevention of the spread of disease by micro-organisms,
(ii) the prevention of the spread of foul odours,
(iii) the prevention of contamination of water,
(iv) the prevention of degradation of soil and vegetation,
(v) the discouragement of insects and vermin,
(vi) ensuring that persons do not come into contact with untreated sewage or effluent (whether treated or not) in their ordinary activities on the premises concerned,
(vii) the minimisation of any adverse impacts on the amenity of the premises concerned and surrounding lands.
(3) Failure to comply with subclause (2) (c) is not a breach of that performance standard if the failure was due to circumstances beyond the control of the person carrying out the domestic greywater diversion.
(4) In this clause:

"domestic greywater diversion" means the installation and operation of a system for diverting greywater generated on residential premises to a garden or lawn on those premises, but does not include the manual collection and re-use of greywater (for example, by means of a bucket or similar receptacle).

"greywater" means waste water from washing machines, laundry tubs, showers, hand basins and baths, but does not include waste water from a kitchen, toilet, urinal or bidet.

"residential premises" does not include premises comprising more than one dwelling.

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