Water Management (General) Regulation 2018
Current version for 1 July 2020 to date (accessed 11 July 2020 at 22:01)
Part 9 Division 4 Subdivision 3
Subdivision 3 Discharges into sewerage systems
146   Definitions
In this Subdivision—
approved discharge policy, in relation to a water supply authority, means a policy with respect to the discharge of substances into the water supply authority’s sewerage system that is approved by the Minister under clause 147.
discharge approval means an approval for the discharge of a substance into a water supply authority’s sewerage system.
147   Discharge policies
(1)  A water supply authority may apply to the Minister for approval of a policy with respect to the discharge of substances into its sewerage system.
(2)  The Minister may approve a policy in the form in which it has been submitted for approval, may approve the policy with specified modifications or may refuse to approve the policy.
(3)  A policy is not to be approved under this clause unless it contains provisions with respect to each of the following matters—
(a)  the classification of different categories of substances, including—
(i)  categories of exempt substances for which no discharge approval is required, and
(ii)  categories of prohibited substances for which no discharge approval is to be granted,
(b)  the procedures to be followed by a water supply authority in dealing with an application for a discharge approval, including the matters to be taken into consideration by the water supply authority when dealing with such an application,
(c)  the conditions to be met in relation to discharge approvals, including (in particular) conditions as to the concentration limits of substances to be discharged,
(d)  the charging methods to be applied with respect to discharges,
(e)  such other matters as the Minister may determine.
(4)  A water supply authority must not issue a discharge approval under this Subdivision otherwise than in accordance with a discharge policy approved under this clause.
148   Discharges require discharge approval
(1)  A person must not cause or allow anything (including stormwater) to be discharged, whether directly or indirectly, into a water supply authority’s sewerage system otherwise than in accordance with a discharge approval.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
(2)  Subclause (1) does not apply to the discharge into a water supply authority’s sewerage system of the following substances—
(a)  kitchen, laundry, bathroom and toilet waste from residential premises, and backwash from swimming pools situated on residential premises,
(b)  bathroom and toilet waste from commercial and industrial premises,
(c)  kitchen waste from individual caravan park sites,
(d)  laundry waste from common caravan park facilities,
(e)  any substance that is exempted from the requirements of subclause (1) by the water supply authority’s approved discharge policy.
(3)  Subclause (2) does not authorise the discharge into a water supply authority’s sewerage system, otherwise than in accordance with a discharge approval, of the contents of any human waste storage facility (within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1993).
149   Application for discharge approval
(1)  An application for a discharge approval—
(a)  must be made in a form approved by the water supply authority, and
(b)  must be accompanied by—
(i)  plans and specifications of any plumbing work to be done pursuant to the approval, and
(ii)  plans and specifications of any apparatus to be used pursuant to the approval, and
(iii)  details of the nature and quantity of the waste to be discharged pursuant to the approval, and the frequency or rate at which it is to be discharged, and
(iv)  such other documentation as the water supply authority may require, and
(v)  in the case of an application for a discharge approval with respect to land, the consent in writing of the owner of the land, and
(c)  must be lodged personally or by post at an office of the water supply authority.
(2)  An applicant must pay the fee determined by a water supply authority for the issue of a discharge approval.
Note.
 Section 344 of the Act provides that it is an offence to make a false or misleading application.
150   Conditions of discharge approvals
(1)  A water supply authority may grant a discharge approval subject to conditions.
(2)  Such a condition may do one or more of the following—
(a)  it may require that the volume of substances discharged pursuant to the discharge approval be measured or determined by a meter or other device specified by the water supply authority,
(b)  it may specify—
(i)  the maximum aggregate daily quantity of substances to be discharged, and
(ii)  the characteristics of the substances permitted to be discharged, and
(iii)  the maximum permissible rate of discharge, and
(iv)  the times during which the discharge is permitted, and
(v)  the size and capacity of the drain for conveying substances into the water supply authority’s sewerage system,
(c)  it may require that specified measures be taken to ensure that any or all of the following requirements are complied with—
(i)  that the aggregate daily quantity of substances discharged does not exceed a specified quantity,
(ii)  that the rate of discharge of substances does not exceed a specified rate,
(iii)  that the size and capacity of the drain for conveying substances into the water supply authority’s sewerage system are in accordance with specified requirements as to size and capacity,
(iv)  that substances are discharged only during specified times,
(v)  that the volume of substances discharged is measured or determined by a specified meter or other device,
(vi)  that specified modifications to works from which the substances arise, or to works for treating the substances, are carried out.
(3)  From time to time, a water supply authority—
(a)  may vary or revoke the conditions of a discharge approval, or
(b)  may impose further conditions on a discharge approval.
(4)  A person must not contravene a condition of a discharge approval.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
151   Duration of discharge approvals
(1)  Unless sooner suspended or cancelled, a discharge approval has effect—
(a)  for such period as is specified in the approval, or
(b)  if no such period is so specified, for 5 years,
from the date on which it is granted.
(2)  A water supply authority may, on the application of the holder of a discharge approval, extend the period for which the approval has effect.
152   Renewal of discharge approvals
(1)  An application for renewal of a discharge approval—
(a)  must be made in a form approved by the relevant water supply authority, and
(b)  must be lodged personally or by post at an office of the relevant water supply authority.
(2)  An applicant must pay the fee determined by the relevant water supply authority for the renewal of a discharge approval.
(3)  Clauses 149, 150 and 151 apply to an application for the renewal of a discharge approval in the same way as they apply to an application for a discharge approval.
Note.
 Section 344 of the Act provides that it is an offence to make a false or misleading application.
153   Suspension or cancellation of discharge approval
(1)  A water supply authority may, by written notice served on the holder of a discharge approval, suspend or cancel the approval if—
(a)  the approval has been granted on the basis of false or misleading information, or
(b)  the holder of the approval has contravened a condition of the approval, or
(c)  the holder of the approval has contravened the Act, this Regulation or a direction under the Act or this Regulation.
(2)  The notice must set out the reason for the suspension or cancellation.
(3)  A water supply authority may suspend or cancel a discharge approval at the request of the holder of the approval.