Overview

South East Water Corporation (SE Water) has applied for a works approval to build a new wastewater recycling plant (WRP) in the Aquarevo residential estate in Lyndhurst, Victoria.

A copy of the works approval application (number 1003805) and its appendices can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523.2).

Latest update

Works approval granted

On 19 February 2021, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) granted a works approval to South East Water Corporation (SE Water) to build a new wastewater recycling plant (WRP) at 405 Evans Road, Lyndhurst VIC 3975.

EPA’s assessment included detailed technical reviews of the proposed wastewater treatment technology and the Class A reclaimed water reuse scheme. The assessment also focused on potential amenity impacts from odour and noise emissions.

EPA’s assessment of the application has determined it complies with the Environment Protection Act 1970, Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017, relevant State Environment Protection Policies, and associated guidelines.

EPA Advertised the application in the Herald Sun with a copy of the application available on a dedicated Engage Victoria webpage. The public or any interested party were invited to make a submission on the application. During this period one submission was received.

EPA values the contributions from the community received during our assessment process.

The works approval and assessment summary are available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.

Previous updates

SE Water have signed a second s67A agreement to extend the statuory due date for the Aquarevo waste water treatment plant (WWTP) works approval.

The extension will enable the provision and review of further documentation required for the assessment.

The new statutory decision due date is 1 February 2021.

EPA issued South East Water Corporation with a Notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further technical and process information by 5PM 13 August 2020.

On 13 November 2020, South East Water responded to EPA’s S22 Notice. You can view the response in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

What this application proposes

Wastewater will be collected from the surrounding estate via a pressure sewer network. The wastewater recycling plant (WRP) will then produce Class A recycled water which will be returned to the houses on the estate where it can be used for toilet flushing, garden watering and in washing machines.

The construction of the new WRP is part of the Aquarevo masterplan to be Australia’s most water efficient residential community.

The Aquarevo Story

Previous updates

EPA issued South East Water Corporation with a Notice under section 22 of the Environment Protection Act 1970 to supply further technical and process information by 5PM 13 August 2020. If the information is not provided by this time or the information provided is not deemed acceptable by EPA, the assessment 'clock' is paused until an acceptable response is received. The section 22 notice can be found in the ‘Supporting documents’ section on this page.

Submissions on this works approval application are now closed. EPA received 1 submission from members of the public. You can view this submission in the ‘supporting documents’ section on this page.

A decision is due in August on this works approval. Unless the statutory clock is paused under s22 of the Act.

The Q&A in-lieu of a face-to-face information session for this application has now closed. No questions were posed to EPA or the applicant.