On-site sewage management (OSSM)

If you live in a rural or rural residential area or in a small village you're probably not connected to the MidCoast Water sewerage system. Instead, you need an on-site sewage management (OSSM) system.

OSSM systems include:

  • traditional septic tanks
  • pump-out systems
  • aerated wastewater treatment systems
  • composting units
  • reed beds, sand filters and mounds.

See The Easy Septic Guide for more information.

An OSSM system makes sure that all wastewater from your kitchen, laundry and bathroom is disposed of safely. This is important to prevent pollution and the spread of disease.

If you have a question about connection to the water and sewerage system, you need to contact MidCoast Water.

If you have a septic system, you need to know your responsibilities.

Property owners and Council need to work together to make sure septic systems don’t pollute our waterways or cause contamination or health risks.

Buying a property with a septic system

Buying a property with a septic system

We recommend a pre-purchase inspection.

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Decommissioning a septic system

Decommissioning a septic system

Old septic tanks have to be decommissioned properly.

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Septic systems - What are your responsibilities?

Septic systems - What are your responsibilities?

You are responsible for any OSSM systems on your premises. 

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Septic systems - What's Council's role?

Septic systems - What's Council's role?

Clean, healthy waterways are essential to our quality of life.

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Installing a new septic system

Installing a new septic system

If you’re installing, altering or upgrading an OSSM system you need approval. 

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