Published on 08 December 2020
Wastewater disposal is a significant environmental issue on the Mornington Peninsula.
Wastewater is any water negatively affected in quality by human activity. This can be derived from domestic, industrial, commercial or agricultural activities, surface runoff or stormwater and sewerage.
Where there is no sewer available, households must install and maintain their own treatment systems.
The Shire has the highest number of septic systems of any Victorian council, leaving over 25,000 properties across the Peninsula without reticulated sewerage, relying on septic tank systems to dispose of their wastewater.
Many of these systems were approved decades ago and are discharging bacteria and other contaminants into groundwater and waterways.
Poorly maintained wastewater systems at commercial premises also contribute to contaminating local waterways.
We encourage an annual health check on your septic system, particularly before busy holiday periods, as a leaking system poses health risks many of us are not aware of.
We also recommend your septic tank be pumped out every three years to maintain the health of your wastewater system.
Seasonal attention to the care and maintenance of your septic system can prevent environmental problems and save on costly repairs and early replacement.
To learn more visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/septictanks.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“It is really important to ensure the health of your septic tanks system all year round. A poorly maintained septic system is a health risk to your family, friends, our waterways and the wider community.”
“We want to work with our community to help manage and maintain systems together, to protect and ensure the distinctive and beautiful character of the Peninsula. If you need support or advice start by visiting our website (mornpen.vic.gov.au) or call customer service on 1300 850 600.”