Most jurisdictions prohibit discharge of construction liquid waste to sewer, and one or more 44 gallon drums do not offer pre-treratment that is acceptable to any regulator. The practice is illegal in most cases.
During storm events when sewer overflows are used to protect the sewer system, raw water from the sewer ends up in our creeks and rivers as identified in the attached article.
Its time the construction industry stops illegal discharge of construction waste to the community sewers!
In a pollution event are you personally liable? see table below
Queensland Urban Utilities - Trade Waste Policy
Liquid wastes are produced by a variety of industrial, commercial and domestic activities. The Environmental Protection Act 1994(the EPAct) provides a general prohibition against the pollution of the environment by the discharge of such wastes, except where the person or agency holds an environmental authority permitting such discharge. All discharges to receiving waters are required to be treated to a standard that will maintain or enhance receiving water quality and environmental values.
Under the Water Supply Act, Queensland Urban Utilities may consent to the discharge of trade waste to sewer. To the extent that Queensland Urban Utilities permits the discharge of trade waste to sewer, its management of such discharges is regulated by legislation including the Water Supply Act, the DR Act and the EPA act.
The discharge options for producers of trade waste are:
- to obtain an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection
Act 1994 to treat the waste themselves before discharge to the
- to have it treated at an approved treatment facility, or
- seek approval from a distributor-retailer such as Queensland Urban Utilities to discharge to the sewerage system.
The discharge of trade waste to stormwater drainage is prohibited under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, the City of Brisbane Act 2010 and the Local Government Act 2009.
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During its first month on a Sydney construction site, one Washbox has saved 10,000 litres of water. Without Washbox all trades wash their tools under running water taken from the mains supply. The water flow is generally uncontrolled and unmetered.
Washbox uses its own water supply and allows all wet trades, ( trades who would normally wash their tools under running water) to use the Washbox at the same time! After the Washbox automatically removes the waste from the washwater, the water is recycled so it can be used for further washing.
The construction company in Sydney Australia instructs all its wet trades to wash their hand tools in the Washbox, which can be located where the work is happening on site. The Washbox does not need to be connected to the mains water supply so it is totally portable and can be moved around onsite as required with a pallet trolley or forklift.
Washbox records and report water use and savings to give the constructor visibility over these important environmental metrics that have not been previously available.
By controlling water flow and recycling 100% of the washwater used, one Washbox has just reported water savings of 10,000 litres during a 4 week period on one construction site.
How much water could your site save by using Washbox technology? Contact us to find out.