Stormwater Harvesting Policy

Stormwater Harvesting Policy Document No: CPL215.4
Approval Date: 17/11/2015
Approved By: Council
Review Date: 17/11/2018
Responsible Officer: General Manager – City Services Expiry Date: N/A
Version No 01
Authorising Officer: Chief Executive Officer

1. Purpose

  • To establish the principles to enable connections to Council’s drainage infrastructure for the purpose of stormwater harvesting and reuse.

  • To establish the principles for the enforcement of Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014: Part 4 Business & Building Section 51: Asset Protection – Drainage tapping.

2. Scope

  • The policy articulates the standards for controlling access to the Councils drainage infrastructure for the purpose of stormwater harvesting and reuse.

  • The policy applies to Council’s drainage infrastructure.

  • This policy does not apply to any person or organisation wishing to capture and store water on property prior to the water entering the Council’s drainage infrastructure.

3. References

  • Greater Geelong City Council, Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014

  • Greater Geelong City Council (2006), Drainage Asset Management Plan

  • Victorian Government (1989). Local Government Act 1989

  • Victorian Government (1987). Planning and Environment Act 1987

  • Victorian Government (1989). Water Act 1989

4. Definitions

  • ‘Applicant’ means the person or organisation that makes application for a permit.

  • ‘Connection’ means any structure or works attached to Councils existing drainage infrastructure designed to divert stormwater for the purposes of this policy.

  • ‘Drainage Infrastructure’ means all pipes, pits, wingwalls, retardation basins, channels, swales, floodways, gross pollutant traps and pump stations as described in the Councils Drainage Asset Management Plan.

  • ‘Stormwater’ means rainwater that runs off all urban surfaces such as roofs pavements, car parks, roads, gardens and vegetated open spaces.

  • ‘Stormwater Access Permit’ means a permit issued by Council under the City of Greater Geelong Council, Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014.

5. Council Policy

5.1. Introduction

  • 5.1.1. Under the Local Government Act 1989, Council has a legal responsibility for the care and management of drains.

  • 5.1.2. Under the Water Act 1989, Council has responsibility for the removal or modification of works that may interfere with drainage flows.

  • 5.1.3. Council encourages community organisations and businesses to apply for access to storm water from the Council’s drainage infrastructure for the purpose of stormwater harvesting and re-use.

5.2. Requirement to obtain permits prior to undertaking works

  • 5.2.1. People or organisations seeking to connect to the Council’s drainage infrastructure to divert stormwater for any purpose must obtain a stormwater access permit.

  • 5.2.2. An application for a stormwater access permit will be assessed against the Council’s stormwater harvesting procedure.

  • 5.2.3. The applicant is responsible for obtaining all other relevant permits and approvals prior to undertaking works to connect to the Council’s drainage infrastructure.

5.3. No guarantee of water quality or quantity

  • 5.3.1. The Council provides no warranty as to the suitability or volume of stormwater for any specific purpose or warrants specific outcomes resulting from the application of stormwater.

  • 5.3.2. The applicant is responsible for conducting their own investigations to satisfy themselves that the quality and volume of stormwater is suitable for the applicant’s purposes.

5.4. Impacts on environmental flows; existing; and prioritised future storm-water diversions.

  • 5.4.1. The Council will assess each stormwater harvesting proposal for compliance with Victorian water policy to protect environmental flows and its impact on other stormwater diversions.

5.5. Works to be designed and constructed and maintained to an appropriate standard

  • 5.5.1. No connection will be permitted that in any way limits or restricts the existing or designed capacity of the existing drainage infrastructure.

  • 5.5.2. Any damage incurred to Council assets during the establishment of the connection must be rectified and reinstated.

  • 5.5.3. Connections to Councils drainage infrastructure must be maintained so that the connection does not interfere with drainage flows.

  • 5.5.4. The applicant may be required to enter into an agreement under section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act (1987).

5.6. Monitoring

  • 5.6.1. Council will inspect the stormwater network regularly.

  • 5.6.2. Where a connection creates a hazard, obstructs or interferes with drainage flows, the diverter will be required to undertake works to eliminate the hazard, obstruction or interference.

  • 5.6.3. Where Council becomes aware of water being diverted from the Council’s drainage infrastructure without a stormwater access permit, the Council requires that the diverter applies for a stormwater access permit or undertakes works to reinstate the original drainage infrastructure.

  • 5.6.4. Council reserves the right to revoke permission to access the Council’s drainage infrastructure.

5.7. Enforcement

  • 5.7.1. Access to stormwater for the purpose of harvesting and reuse will be enforced in accordance with Greater Geelong City Council – General Local Law applicable at the time.

  • 5.7.2. Connections in breach of provisions in the Local Government Act 1989, the Water Act 1989, or the Planning and Environment Act 1987 will be managed in accordance the provisions in those laws or their associated regulations.

5.8. Information privacy

  • 5.8.1. The Council reserves the right to disclose information to other affected parties regarding an application to divert stormwater from the Council’s infrastructure.

6. Quality Records

Quality Records shall be retained for at least the period shown below.

Record Retention/Disposal Responsibility Retention Period Location
Stormwater access permit register      
Stormwater diversion priority sites register      

7. Attachments

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