Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS)

Town Effluent System

Berri Barmera Council has obligations as a licence holder under the Water Industry Act 2012 and in respect to provision of the Community Wastewater Management Systems for townships within the Council District.

Customer Charter

Customer Complaint and Dispute Resolution Process 

PROFORMA PM1.1 - Pricing Schedule

PROFORMA PM2.1 - Pricing Policy Statement

Septic Tank Desludging

As part of the operating and maintenance of Council's Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS), Council provides a septic tank desludging program. Properties within the townships of Berri, Barmera, Monash, Cobdogla, Loveday and Glossop are connected to CWMS. To prevent sludge passing into Council drains, our contractors attend each property on a programmed basis to remove accumulated sludge from the tanks. 

Refer to the CWMS fact sheet(243 kb) for further information on septic tank desludging and other effluent issues.


If you own or live in a property that has a septic tank and are connected to council's Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS), then you need to be aware that "flushable" wipes cannot be flushed.  See pamphlet

Onsite Wastewater Systems

EHO's assess applications and approve all sanitary plumbing, septic tanks and effluent disposal system installations. Prior to any work commencing a formal approval must be granted from the Council. All plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

Applications are assessed pursuant to the SA Health On-site Wastewater System Code.

Application Form

Plumbers Information

EHO's also attend to complaints with respect to failed wastewater systems.