Wannon Water's long-route licence application

Wannon Water Region Water Corporation operate a wastewater treatment plant in Hamilton, in the state's south-west.

Wannon Water have submitted a long-route licence application, for their wastewater treatment plant in Beath St, Hamilton.

EPA accepted the application on 8 May 2019. It was advertised on 22 May 2019.

Submissions closed 12 June 2019.

Latest update

The Hamilton Water Reclamation Plant was unable to operate under its current licence because of the need to discharge for a few months each year. Previously this had been allowed under section 30A of the Environment Protection Act, however EPA advised Wannon Water that a section 30A would no longer be approved for this discharge as it was a foreseeable event and therefore did not meet the criteria for 30A approval. Wannon Water, after evaluating several options, applied for an amendment to their licence to enable discharge to a waterbody on an on-going basis.

On 8 Nov EPA approved this application.

Previous updates

A long-route licence is a statutory approval issued by EPA following completion of works where a works approval was required but was not obtained. A licence is required as determined by the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.

The assessment of a long-route licence application follows the same process as a works approval assessment. At the end of the assessment, the applicant will receive a licence allowing them to operate a scheduled activity subject to certain conditions.

Further information on works approvals and EPA’s works approval process can be found in EPA works approvals (publication 1523).

The Environment Protection Act 1970 requires us to make a decision on a long-route licence within six months of receiving a complete application. We may request further information from the applicant during the process or require an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Wannon Water have applied to add a wastewater discharge point and the required infrastructure to their licence. The proposal includes the discharge of up to 12ML/day of treated wastewater into Muddy Creek, during the months of June - October.