Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is calling for public comment on a proposed new wastewater recycling plant in the Aquarevo residential estate at Lyndhurst.
South East Water has applied for an EPA Works Approval for the construction of the plant as part of water efficiency measures in the new residential estate.
The proposed plant is designed to collect wastewater from the surrounding estate via a pressure sewer network for processing into Class A recycled water.
The recycled water would then be returned to the houses for use in washing machines, toilet flushing and the watering of gardens.
You can find the application documents and have the opportunity to lodge a submission on the Engage Victoria website, here: engage.vic.gov.au/epa-works-approvals/sewater
In assessing the Works Approval application, EPA considers any potential effects on climate change, groundwater, surface water, soil, noise, odour, air quality, waste and any potential hazards to people’s health.
EPA encourages members of the public to ask any questions about the Works Approval process or South East Water’s proposal via the link on the Engage Vic website.
Submissions on this Works Approval application are open until 1 July 2020, and EPA expects to announce its decision in August.
EPA issues Works Approvals under the Environment Protection Act 1970. They are required for any industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.
Where a Works Approval is granted, it includes specific environmental conditions the company must meet for the project to go ahead.