Septic Tanks To Sewer Connections

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The Community Sewerage Program is being rolled out across many Northern and Eastern suburbs and it will bring many benefits to properties and the surrounding enviriment.

Converting from septic to sewer systems requires careful planning and execution. 
Residents will be alerted when it is time for their property’s septic system to be upgraded.

Once your area is ready to go ahead, you will need to hire a plumber.
Jet Plus plumbing are on the List of Plumbers That Yarra Valley Water has supplied.
We have attended information nights and are skilled with the specialist work required for the septic to sewer changeover.

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Finding The Right Septic To Sewer Plumber:

  • Hire a licensed plumber from the Victorian Building Authority (vba.vic.gov.au).
  • Request a fully itemised quote that includes certified WaterMark materials
  • Ensure that the quote includes decommissioning your septic tank. Your local council may require a decommissioning certificate from a licensed plumber.
  • Discuss how the plumber will leave your property once the work is completed. Will they restore grassed areas? Will they restore hardscaped areas? Will they remove all rubbish?
  • Obtaining a Compliance Certificate for the work done. Ensure your plumber provides you with a document with a brief description of their insurance coverage.
  • Is there a contingency plan or clause to cover any unforeseen events, such as rock breaking, damage to underground electricity, gas, or water services, or the need to remove excess dirt.

Following these suggestions and working with a reliable plumber ensure a successful connection to our piped sewerage system.

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Decommissioning Septic Tank Benefits

Converting to a sewer system saves you time and money and ensures a cleaner and healthier environment for you, your community and our precious wildlife to thrive in.
One of the significant benefits of converting from a septic system to a sewer system is the elimination of maintenance and repair costs associated with septic tanks. As you know, a septic system involves desludging and tank cleanouts and diligently managing your home’s wastewater volume, ongoing septic tank treatment products, septic-safe cleaning products and potential repairs.

Another advantage of converting to a sewer system is the reduced risk of groundwater contamination.
Many properties need to be larger to contain the waste, and it ends up in adjoining land or nearby waterways; or if you are on a hill and the waste runs off before it is absorbed.
Say goodbye to boggy areas on your property and the unpleasant smell of septic waste.

In several areas, many of the septic systems installed are split systems!
These systems separate toilet water from the rest of the wastewater. The toilet water goes into a septic tank, but all other water from showers, sinks and the laundry flow into the stormwater systems.
This wastewater doesn’t get treated and ends up in our beautiful creeks, rivers, and bay, turning them into not-so-beautiful polluted waterways.

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With homes connected to a sewer system, wastewater is transported through a network of pipes to a treatment facility, where it is properly treated before being discharged. 

This ensures that contaminants are removed and the water returned to the environment is safe and clean.

Boosting Property Value with a Sewer System

Being connected to sewerage will significantly enhance the value of a property by offering homeowners a reliable and efficient solution for managing their wastewater. One of the main advantages of a sewer system is that it eliminates the need for a septic tank, which can be a potential liability for homeowners. 

Septic tanks require regular maintenance, such as pumping and inspections, and they can also be prone to issues such as leaks and backups. 

Plus being connected to the sewer system can mean homeowners can make improvements to their property such as extra bathrooms.

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Gravity Sewerage Systems

A gravity sewerage system is made up of a series of pipes which slope downwards to transport wastewater away from your property using gravity. It uses the natural fall of the land.
If you are part of the Community Sewerage Program, Yarra Valley Water will cover the cost of the construction and maintenance the sewerage system. They also provide the connection point for your property.
The property owner is responsible for installing and maintaining the plumbing from the connection point to their property.
The connection point is generally located around 300mm inside a property boundary. 

The most suitable spot is determined by considering factors such as the existing septic tank, minimising disruption to your gardens or property features, like retaining walls, and taking into account the slope of the land. 
Property owners are responsible for the following costs:

Hiring a licensed plumber to decommission your existing septic tank and connect your property’s plumbing to the connection point.
The cost can range from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on factors like the distance from your house to the connection point, ease of access to your pipes, and the compliance of your property’s existing plumbing. 
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Pressure Sewer System 

A pressure sewerage system is decided on the local topography. A pressure sewer system functions by having pumping units located on each property. These units pump household wastewater to the sewer pipe in the street.

If you are part of the Community Sewerage Program, Yarra Valley Water will be responsible for the construction and ongoing maintenance of the pressure sewer system, including the pressure sewer unit, boundary valve kit, discharge line, and control panel.
The property owner, is responsible for installing and maintaining the plumbing on their side of the connection point, which includes the connection of the property drain.

The location of the pressure sewer system components will be determined with the sewer specialist contractor.
During this consultation, factors such as the location of existing features, including the septic tank and landscaping, construction of the connection, access for maintenance.

Yarra Valley Water will cover the cost of constructing, installing, and maintaining the pressure sewerage system, as well as providing a connection point for your property.
Property owners are responsible for the following costs:

Hiring a licensed plumber to decommission your existing septic tank and connect your property’s plumbing to the new pressure sewer unit. The cost for most properties will range from $3,000 to $6,000, but it may be higher for certain properties depending on factors such as the distance between your house and the connection point, ease of access to your pipes, and the compliance of your property’s existing plumbing.

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