Environment Protection Authority Victoria EPA has received an application from Yarra Valley Water seeking a development licence for the construction and commissioning of a predominantly underground Water Recycling Facility at Tram Road Reserve, Doncaster. 

The facility will extract sewage from the nearby Koonung Creek branch sewer and treat at least 750,000 litres per day (up to 1.3 ML/day) to Class A standard before it is distributed to customers in Doncaster Hill for use in toilets, laundries and other non-potable uses.

According to Yarra Valley Water, it will help mitigate the impacts of population growth and climate change by providing an alternative source of water, thus reducing reliance on traditional water supply options. 

At the end of 2021, over 2,000 homes had been built with recycled plumbing in Doncaster Hill and are awaiting the water recycling facility to provide recycled water through a dedicated pipe to their properties

For more information and to make comment go to  https://www.engage.vic.gov.au/yarra-valley-water-app014560 

 Submissions are open until 19 August, 2022. 

EPA licences and permissions
To perform prescribed activities that may cause harm, you must have a permission such as a licence, permit or registration. 

Permissions work alongside the General Environmental Duty, ensuring performance standards and conditions are met across a range of activities. There are three tiers of permissions based on the level of risk to human health and the environment:
            1. Licences for high-risk prescribed activities   
            2. Permits for medium-risk prescribed activities  
            3. Registrations for low-risk prescribed activities  

This risk-based approach means we can target different levels of risk with the right balance of permissions and conditions. Our Permissions scheme policy (publication 1799) outlines:
            • your role, as the permission holder, in ensuring compliance and preventing harm   
            • what we consider when assessing an application for a permission   
            • how permissions work to manage the risks related to prescribed activities

Find out more at epa.vic.gov.au/for-business/new-laws-and-your-business/permissions


Reviewed 29 July 2022