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Waste Water

Loxton Waikerie Council operates Communal Waste Management Systems (CWMS) within the townships of Loxton, Waikerie, Moorook and Kingston-On-Murray. These are a septic tank effluent disposal system (STEDs), all septic tanks installed on properties located within the townships must have a connection to the CWMS. Properties which fall out of the schemes are required to have onsite waste management.

Council approval is required for all installations and alterations which may be made to any waste management system. There are three main types of systems currently approved through the Council, Septic and Soakage, Aerobic Systems and Holding Tanks. Other systems are available for installation but are approved by the Department of Health.

Onsite Soakage Systems

This system works by initial treatment of the effluent by a septic tank. The 'treated' effluent is then directed to underground soakage trenches that allow it to be absorbed by the ground. As this system relies on the ability of the surrounding area to absorb the effluent the quality of the soil determines if this type of system is suitable. The septic tank needs to be pumped out every 4 years for this system to remain effective.

Health Protection Branch - Wastewater Management

  • Application to Install a Septic Tank System

Aerobic Systems

This system works by initial treatment of the effluent by a septic tank and then further treatment to improve the quality of the effluent to ensure it is safe to be discharged at surface level. This system requires a minimum of 200m2 of dedicated irrigation area to dispose of the treated effluent. The irrigation area is required to be landscaped, preferably with shrubs, and trees and should be designed to discourage pedestrian and vehicle access. The septic tank needs to be pumped out every 4 years and the system requires 3 monthly maintenance through an approved servicing contractor.

Health Protection Branch - Wastewater Management

  • Application to Install an Aerobic Wastwater Treatment System

Holding Tanks

This system works by initial treatment of the effluent by a septic tank and then storage of the treated effluent in a holding tank. This type of system is ONLY approved where no other system can be installed, such as within 100m of the Murray River. The septic tank needs to be pumped out every 4 years and the holding tank pumped as required. If you require further information regarding installation of a holding tank please contact the Environmental Health Officer at Council.

Waste Water Systems

EHO's assess applications and approve all sanitary plumbing, septic tanks and effluent disposal system installations. Prior to any work commencing a formal approval must be granted from the Council. All plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

Applications are assessed pursuant to the SA Health On-site Wastewater System Code.

Application Form

EHO's also attend to complaints with respect to failed wastewater systems.


For Owners/Operators of High Risk Manufactured Water Systems

The Public and Environmental Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) and Guidelines for the Control of Legionella in Manufactured Water Systems in South Australia (the Guidelines) commenced on 16 June 2013.

For information on cooling water systems and warm water systems visit the SA Health website

Notification of Legionella Detection in a Water Sample

In the Home

Information can also be found on the SA Health website to help reduce the risk of Legionella in the home and while gardening.

Customer Charter

The aim of our Charter is to provide our sewerage customers with a clear understanding of the standards of service they can expect from us and their rights and responsibilities. 

The Water Retail Code‐Minor & Intermediate Retailers, developed by Essential Services Commission of SA (ESCOSA), contains a detailed description of your rights and our responsibilities in providing you with sewerage services and can be found at www.escosa.sa.gov.au.

Customer Charter(186 kb)

In accordance with the requirements of the Water Industry Act 2012, the Council publishes an annual pricing policy statement, in the format required by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. To view the document please click on the link provided below.

Pricing Policy Statement(127 kb)

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