Rules for Releasing Wastewater from your Vessel into Inland Waters

Information sheet to summarise the requirements for vessels on inland waters.

March 2011

EPA 946/11: All vessel owners must adhere to the grey water rules as set down by the Code of practice for vessel and facility management (marine and inland waters). This information sheet provides a flow chart to summarise the requirements for vessels on inland waters.

Introduction

The Code of practice for vessel and facility management (marine and inland waters), introduced in 2008, is linked to the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2003, and supersedes the Code of practice for vessels on inland waters (2003). It contains mandatory requirements for vessel operators managing black water (toilet wastes) and grey water (wastewater that has been used for washing, laundering, bathing or showering).

The code requires inland waters vessel operators to retain all black water on board and undertake measures to manage grey water. Through the release of its grey water, a vessel can cause significant harm, especially in sensitive aquatic areas. Grey water discharges from a vessel can also pose health risks to those on board and other recreational river users. For example, water extracted from the River Murray is often only filtered for use in the kitchen sink; in many cases the water used for washing, showers and spas is taken directly from the River Murray and may therefore contain pollutants released by an adjacent vessel, or even one’s own.

This code requires all commercial vessels and most private vessels to install a containment or treatment system for grey water, however, it is recognised that such options may be unsuitable for some private vessels due to the individual size and operational requirements.

Click here to read and download full handout, including the flowchart.

More information

For more information on how to make your vessel compliant with regulations contained in the code of practice, please contact:

The Marina Hindmarsh Island – 8555 7300

Useful websites

EPA vessel and facility management pages www.epa.sa.gov.au/vfm.

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