The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is leading a whole of government review and update of Victoria’s recycled water guidance.

We're seeking your views on the proposed Victorian Guideline for Water Recycling. To have your say, visit the Engage Victoria website. Submissions close on 26 November 2020.

Overview

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is leading a whole of government review and update of Victoria’s recycled water guidance.

Existing guidelines are being reviewed, updated and consolidated. The objective is to streamline and clarify approvals processes and facilitate an increased uptake of recycled water where risk to the environment and human health is acceptable.

The purpose of the project is to focus on improving the approval process, rather than undertaking a technical review of the existing guidelines.

What is being revised: The existing Environment Protection Authority (EPA) guidelines being reviewed, updated and replaced with a new, revised guideline as follows:

  • Publication 464.2 (2003): Guidelines for Environmental Management: use of reclaimed water, including Addendum to Class A Information in 464.2.
  • Publication 1015.1 (2005; 2015): Guidelines for Environmental Management: dual pipe water recycling schemes – health and environmental risk management, including Addendum to 1015.1.
  • Publication 887.1 (2006): Supply of reclaimed water for drought relief.
  • Publication IWRG632.1 (2017): Industrial water reuse.

Existing Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Victorian Building Authority (VBA) guidelines will continue to be cross-referenced and drawn upon.

What is the timing: The project began in January 2019. Submissions on the proposed guideline close on 26 November 2020. All submissions will be considered and EPA is expecting to publish the new guideline by the end of 2020.

What schemes are covered: the revised guidance will cover schemes exceeding the threshold in the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 of 5,000 L/day, including:

  • Recycled water schemes, i.e. schemes which reuse water derived from sewage.
  • Industrial wastewater effluent schemes, i.e. schemes which reuse water produced from processes at industrial or commercial premises, including all waterborne waste from these facilities except sewage and prescribed industrial waste.
  • Recycled water/industrial wastewater effluent schemes which blend or ‘shandy’ other types of alternative water (e.g. channel water or stormwater).
  • Sewer mining schemes/third party access schemes – that is, systems/activities which extract and reuse greater than 5,000 L/day of wastewater generally from a wastewater sewer network pipe.

What schemes are not covered: schemes that are not scheduled premises are out of scope. This includes:

  • stormwater schemes
  • ‘closed loop’ (no discharge to environment)
  • onsite domestic systems (<5,000 L/day).

Who is involved: DELWP is leading the project with a Working Group involving EPA, DHHS and industry representatives.

How you can be involved: We're seeking your views on the proposed Victorian Guideline for Water Recycling. To have your say, visit the Engage Victoria website. Submissions close on 26 November 2020.

Further information: Please contact DELWP if you would like further information about the review via:

daniel.rath@delwp.vic.gov.au

(03) 9637 9471

Page last updated: 14/10/20