On each property leading from the effluent collection tank to the front yard is a pump out service pipe (standpipe).
- The service pipe should be clear from obtrusion's and within easy access for the contractor to connect the hose from their tanker, while parked on the road. Inaccessible service pipes may be requested to be relocated.
- If the system has a booster switch, customers must ensure the switch is accessible and in safe working order.
Once the pumpout has been performed the contractor will:
- Leave a coloured docket in the letter box showing the total amount removed as well as the readings on the gauges before and after the pump out.
- If a letter box is not available, it is a good idea to leave a tin or box near the service pipe (standpipe) where dockets can be safely stored.
- The contractor is required to ‘round down’ the level on the truck's sight gauges to the nearest 100 litres mark at both the before and after pumping read.
Monitor pumpout volumes and readings
Shoalhaven Water recommends that customers confirm the volume extracted by reading the sight gauges attached to each tanker and comparing the levels against the docket. Arrangements can be made for scheduled services to be conducted at reasonable specified times to enable customers to attend and sight the gauges.
Volumes can be checked within the tank at any time by lifting the inspection port or lid on top of the tank. There should also be a 'dip stick' on the top of the tank.
During excessive rain periods, rainwater may infiltrate the tanks on a property causing an increase in the volume of effluent in the collection well. Keeping a tank lid clear of grass, plants and weeds is a good way of caring for the system. If cracks in the lid are noticed, it is important to get them fixed by using some form of filler to maintain the watertight integrity of the system.