What is a special water catchment area?

A special catchment is an area where water is collected by the natural landscape. In a catchment, all rain and surface water eventually flows to a creek, river, lake or ocean, or into the groundwater system.

Drinking water for many of the towns within the Hepburn Municipality is sourced from natural waterways.

If this source becomes contaminated, the safety of our drinking water supplies can be affected

There are tight controls on developing land in drinking water catchment areas as poorly planned development can pose a risk to the quality of both surface water and groundwater supplies.

The Hepburn Planning Scheme includes the Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) that triggers a requirement to obtain a Planning Permit for a number of developments that may pose a risk to water quality

Any application for planning permit that involves the development of a new dwelling that is not connected to a reticulated sewerage system and a septic/wastewater management system is required to be installed, a Land Capability Assessment is required to be submitted with such a planning application.

A Land Capability Assessment is a report that assesses the viability of onsite wastewater management on a site where there is no reticulated sewerage.

It considers the risks that a wastewater system presents to public health, environment, and local amenity. It provides vital information on site-specific limitations for onsite wastewater management, as well as suitable management strategies to reduce impacts of the system on its surrounds.

For more information go to the EPA Victoria website.