Introducing Australia's Complete Guide to Wastewater Compliance
- Information for every Australian state and territory
- Compliance by business and industry type
- History of wastewater treatment in Australia
For many Australian business owners and industry professionals, proper wastewater management and water authority compliance is anything but easy to understand.
Operators know that they can face significant fines if found to be non-compliant. They are also aware of the danger wastewater contamination poses to local environments.
At Cleanawater, we found that businesses wanted to be compliant. However, managers and operational staff didn't know where to start when it came to the proper management of wastewater.
The problem wasn't a lack of willingness, but a lack of readily-available and easy-to-consume information on the subject of wastewater.
It was from this insight that we at Cleanawater set out to create Australia's most complete and easy to understand guide to wastewater management.
Advice for every Australian state and territory
In Australia, there is no national water authority body.
Instead, each Australian state and territory has its own water authority or water authorities. And, each water authority has different requirements regarding compliance.
As you can see below, this results in numerous authorities which businesses can be subject to.
Queensland Urban Utilities
New South Wales
South East Water
A number of wastewater management products are considered compliant under certain water authorities but not under others. This makes understanding the requirements of specific areas vital.
This is the first topic covered in the Wastewater Compliance in Australia Whitepaper.
*List not exhaustive, additional water authorities exist in selected states.
"For many Australian business owners and industry professionals, proper wastewater management and water authority compliance is anything but easy to understand."
Compliance by business and industry
The wastewater management equipment which an Australian business will require is not just dependent on that business' location and relevant water authority.
Wastewater management equipment required to achieve compliance also regularly differs from industry to industry, and business type to business type.
For example, each of the following businesses and industries has individual requirements.
- Service Stations
- Car Washes
Broadly speaking wastewater management systems can be separated into three categories; mandatory, optional, and add-on. A business may need one or a combination of all three to ensure compliance.
"We set out to create Australia's most complete and easy to understand guide to wastewater management."
A history of wastewater treatment in Australia
The paper also gives readers an overview of the history of wastewater treatment in Australia.
Evolution of sewerage in our cities:
Particular attention paid to the evolution of Sydney and Melbourne's water infrastructure, including the development of sewerage, drainage, and water treatment facilities.
The importance of oil:
It also discusses the importance of oil in today's economy, the role of renewables and the importance of recycling oils in order to ensure a sustainable future in Australia.
Future wastewater technology:
Finally, it explores the future technology likely to make a difference in the processing of wastewater. Such as the Virtual Curtain, which was recently used to treat mining wastewater to stormwater quality.
Information for this whitepaper was supplied by expert engineers with additional details provided by the team at Cleanawater.
Cleanawater on 26 September 2023
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