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Unitywater has revised its residential swimming pool policy. Dive right in to understand the important changes.

Building a new pool? If so, Unitywater has changed the rules in relation to how residential swimming pools need to be plumbed.

Up until now, wastewater from residential swimming pools has been disposed of via the sewerage system. This has now changed.

If you are installing a new swimming pool, it’s important to know the wastewater flow from your pool can no longer be connected to the sewerage system.

Why the change?

We need to reduce the risk of sewage overflow at manholes and on private properties during periods of prolonged rainfall.
One of the ways we can do this is to minimise the impact of residential swimming pools on the sewerage network.

When will the changes commence?

Changes take effect from 1 July 2017.
Who will be affected by the change?

Unitywater’s revised Domestic Swimming Pool Wastewater Disposal Policy applies to residential swimming pools (commercial swimming pool discharges are dealt with via Trade Waste agreements with Unitywater) and will affect:

  • residents looking to install a new pool or upgrade an existing one
  • pool builders
  • developers looking to incorporate swimming pools into a new developments
  • licensed plumbers and
  • Unitywater and council officers.

It also only relates to new development applications. In other words, the policy will not be applied retrospectively.

Can existing pool owners disconnect?

Existing pool owners will be encouraged to disconnect their pools from the sewerage system by reimbursing the owner the cost of the disconnection.
The amount of the reimbursement will be capped to a maximum of $1000 per property and will be subject to a set of criteria.
Download an Application for Reimbursement for the Disconnection of Domestic Swimming Pool from Unitywater’s Sewerage System Form

As a pool builder, what do I need to know?

You will need to investigate alternative methods of disposal of pool wastewater. This may require connecting the pool wastewater discharge to council’s stormwater system or installing an alternative filtration and disposal system. You will need to get the relevant council approval before connecting to their system.

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