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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 will be 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.
An overarching guideline will be developed which will reference other documents. 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 new, revised guidelines are as follows:
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 and is expected to be completed mid-2019. EPA will then produce and publish the revised guidance in late 2019.
Any additional components of work that may arise during the review or further refinement of the guidance will be considered as part of a later stage of work.
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:
What schemes are not covered: schemes that are not scheduled premises are out of scope. This includes:
Who is involved: DELWP is leading the project with a Working Group involving EPA, DHHS and industry representatives. In addition, DELWP is interested in seeking perspectives from other stakeholders.
How you can be involved: to ensure the revised guidelines are appropriate, DELWP will be seeking feedback and input from stakeholders.
Stakeholder feedback will be sought in three phases as part of Stage 1:
How to be involved: Please contact DELWP if you would like further information about the review or to be involved via:
Page last updated on 1 Mar 2019