To provide clarity to the Water Industry on technical requirements, the Technical Regulator is planning to gazette an Infrastructure Standard to formalise the Water Services Association of Australia codes as the principle minimum standard for water and sewerage infrastructure in South Australia.
Section 66 of the Water Industry Act 2012 enables the Technical Regulator to publish standards relating to the design, manufacture, installation, inspection, alteration, repair, maintenance (including cleaning), removal, disconnection or decommissioning of any infrastructure that is used or is capable of being used in the water industry.
The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has developed National Codes (WSAA Codes) for the urban water industry detailing performance requirements for design, installation, inspection, alteration, repair, maintenance, removal, disconnection or decommissioning of water and sewerage infrastructure. The WSAA Codes have been widely adopted by a number of water utilities across Australia, as well as the water industry as a whole. The WSAA Codes allow for water industry entities to make appropriate modifications (where necessary) to accommodate their needs and preference as well as local construction practices and products.
By formalising the WSAA codes as the infrastructure standard, the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) recognises that the WSAA codes have gone through a peer-review process and are widely accepted for the requirements of water and sewerage infrastructure.
If utilities produce supplementary notices and supporting documents which are equivalent to or exceed WSAA requirements, then these will be recognised as suitable as part of this standard.
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Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) codes
WSAA codes are available from the WSAA shop. Extracts for WSAA codes are available and include the table of contents and figures for:
- WSA 03-2011 Water Supply Code of Australia Version 3.1
- WSA 02-2014 Gravity Sewerage Code of Australia Version 3.1
- WSA 04-2005 Sewage Pumping Station Code Of Australia Version 2.1
- WSA 07-2007 Pressure Sewerage Code of Australia Version 1.1
- WSA 06-2008 Vacuum Sewerage Code of Australia Version 1.3
- WSA 05-2013 Conduit Inspection Reporting Code of Australia Version 3.1
- WSA 01-2004 Polyethylene Pipeline Code Version 3.1
Feedback on the Draft Infrastructure Standard adopting the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) codes as the principle minimum standard for water and sewerage infrastructure in South Australia is welcome by Friday 15 November 2019 to DEM.OTRConsultation@sa.gov.au.
For further information please contact Naomi Struve, Acting Manager Infrastructure by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0475 826 663.