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Anyone proposing to build in an area served by either a Water Corporation water or sewer main must obtain prior approval and pay the prescribed application fees before commencing construction.

This requirement is necessary to:

  • Protect our assets, when buildings are constructed. This has become more important due to the increased tendency for buildings to be built close to property boundaries and hence closer to the pipes.
  • Ensure the pipes are clear of building developments to protect access for maintenance or replacement and ensure the building load does not damage the pipe.
  • Ensure that any industrial discharge does not damage or contaminate the water and sewer mains.
  • Make individual infrastructure contributions where a proposed development will place an additional demand on the existing infrastructure or require new or additional property connections.
  • Ensure that there is no backflow risk.