Wastewater Management and Applications

Are you building, renovating or adding to your existing property or just have a plumbing problem?

In the metropolitan area, most – but not all – residential and commercial properties are connected to SA Water sewer. If your property is not in the metropolitan area, there is a good chance that you don't have access to SA Water sewer.

 Wastewater can be managed in three ways through:

If your property cannot be connected to SA Water sewer, you must apply to council for approval before you do any wastewater works.

We approve two types of wastewater systems: Community Wastewater Management Scheme (CWMS) and onsite wastewater systems .

If your application relates to a larger scale commercial development (e.g. restaurant, winery, caravan park etc.), you may need additional trade wastewater considerations. Please contact us to discuss further with an environmental health officer. 

Check which wastewater system you're on

Is your property connected to SA Water?

Your SA Water bill will show whether you are connected to SA Water sewer area. Please click here to view the example SA Water bill.

Yes, I am in a SA Water sewer area - Click here to confirm your property has access to the SA Water sewer network or call 1300 650 950.

If your property is connected to SA Water sewer, any wastewater plumbing works at the property is regulated by the Office of the Technical Regulator.

No I am not in a SA Water sewer area. You may be on a Community Wastewater Management Scheme (CWMS). See below. 

Is your property connected to CWMS?

To check if you are, your annual council rate notice will show whether you are connected to a CWMS.

Yes, I have access to CWMS (wastewater system with off-site disposal of effluent) - apply to council for approval to undertake wasterwater works (application form link). Click on the link for more information and frequently asked questions about our Community Wastewater Management Schemes.

 No, I don't have access to CWMS. You must use a wastewater system with on-site disposal of effluent. See below.

Apply to council for approval to undertake wastewater works

For an on-site wastewater system connected to CWMS or on-site effluent disposal, apply to council for approval to undertake wasterwater works. Click here to complete the application form.

Click here for more information about the regulation of wastewater management in South Australia

 

How to apply

Online

Step 2.Complete application form

Click here to view form.

Step 3.Payment options

  • Online via credit card
  • Mail payments - cheque or money order - due to security requirements imposed by Visa and MasterCard, credit card payment by post is no longer available.
  • Paying in person or over the phone

For more information regarding CWMS or unsewered properties, please contact Customer Relations on 8384 0666.