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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