Naracoorte Township


The Naracoorte Township is serviced by SA Water Sewer. 

For all information in relation to this system contact SA Water.  Contact details are available on their website www.sawater.com.au


Lucindale Community Wastewater Management System


The Lucindale Township is serviced by a Council operated Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS).  Properties connected to this system are required to have a septic tank that all wastewater passes through prior to entering the CWMS.  Written approval is required for installation of a septic tank and connection to this system.  See the Council Approval section below for information on obtaining an approval.   

Contact Council's Operations Manager for further information on the operation and maintenance of the Lucindale Community Wastewaster Management System.


Onsite Waste Control System


All other properties not serviced by SA Water or a Community Wastewater Management System are required to manage wastewater onsite through a waste control system.

There is further information below regarding system types, obtaining approval and maintenance requirements.

Standard Onsite Systems

Details of standard onsite systems such as septic tank systems and aerobic treatment systems for use in South Australia are provided in the following prescribed codes:

Council is the relevant authority for standard systems that are installed and operated in accordance with these prescribed codes. 

Refer to the Council Approval section below for further information on how to apply for Council approval to install or alter these systems.  


Alternative Onsite Systems

There are a number of alternative onsite systems which are not currently captured under the prescribed codes.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • reed beds; 
  • composting toilets;
  • greywater systems; and
  • wisconsin mounds.

Approval must be obtained prior to installing an alternative onsite system from SA Health.  For all enquiries and application requirements for alternative onsite systems visit SA Health disposing of wastewater onsite



The owner or occupier of a premise where a waste control system is located must ensure that the system is maintained in good order and condition.

Ongoing maintenance requirements will vary depending on the type of onsite waste control system in place. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and any conditions listed in the approval documentation.   

Some circumstances may require your system to be assessed by a competent or licenced professional, contact the manufacturer or septic tank, wastewater or plumbing professional.


Council Approval for Waste Control Systems


Written Council approval is required prior to the installation or alteration of standard onsite systems and connection to the Lucindale Community Wastewater Management System. Details on how to apply for approval are provided below:  

1. Complete all sections of the application form:

Application for On-Site Wastewater Works Approval(468 kb)

Submit to Council with payment of fees and relevant supporting documentation.  Use this checklist to make sure you provide all the necessary documentation.  Applications submitted without payment of fees and relevant supporting information will not be assessed until such time as they are received.

2. Once Council has received a fully completed application form, payment of fees and all supporting documentation, an assessment of the application will be undertaken.  Assessment may include, but is not limited to, a site inspection of the proposed location and review of application for consistency with prescribed codes.  The time required for assessment varies with individual applications, however Council endeavours to undertake assessment as quickly as possible. Where further information is required, delays should be expected.     

3. Following Council assessment, a written notification of its decision will be issued, either as:

  • A written Approval that details conditions relating to the installation / alteration and use of the waste control system; or
  • A written Refusal that details the reason for refusal.

Contact Council's Environmental Health Officer for further information on standard onsite waste control systems.