Apply for a pressure sewer system installation

Pressure sewer systems are not common across the city and are generally located in areas where a conventional gravity system is not a viable servicing option such as flat or rocky terrain.

A development that has been identified as requiring the installation, modification or relocation of a pressure sewer system will require development approval.

Steps to apply

Before you start

Have your documentation ready to upload

When you apply for a pressure sewer system installation, you must provide:

  • Your water development notice reference number (e.g. DA/CD/SF number).
  • Service location plan in jpg or pdf format. 

What is a service location plan?

A service location plan is a diagram that will assist us with the installation. Your service location plan must indicate the proposed location on the property, distances between the control panel and the pump unit, and the distance between the pump unit and boundary kit.

As a guide, the pressure sewer unit must:

  • Be located so that the residence and any other building can fully drain by gravity to the unit
  • Be located no closer than five (5) metres to the residence
  • Not be more than 10 metres from the alarm panel
  • Be in direct line of site from the alarm/control panel. Obstructions are NOT permitted between the unit and the control panel

Example of a service location plan:

Example of a pressure sewer system location plan

How to apply

Complete our online application

Upload your service location plan when prompted.

The link below will take you to Council's online request management platform.

Apply online

What happens next

On receipt of a pressure sewer system application, we will:

  1. Review your request to determine the location is viable
  2. Calculate costs of the pending work based on current market value plus any additional costs for site works such as design, difficult terrain (i.e. rocky conditions) or any unexpected work
  3. Issue a payment advice (invoice)

On receipt of payment, installation will be in accordance with the approved service location plan supplied.

Please ensure adequate site accessibility is available for our operations staff to operate large machinery.

Need help?

Need help? Contact us today

Call us on (02) 4429 3214 or visit your closest administration centre

Nowra Administration Centre
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
36 Bridge Road, Nowra NSW 2541

Ulladulla Branch Office
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
14 Deering Street, Ulladulla NSW 2539

Installation responsibilities

Shoalhaven Water will:

Install the pressure sewer system including the functioning components, connect supply to the pumps and test electrical operation at completion of installation. We will fill the unit with water for a test run, using a generator if no power is available, and then leave the system in normal operational mode.

The control panel will be locked on completion, so your electrician may have to contact us before they install the final dedicated circuit. If the dedicated circuit is already in place, we will connect and test using the house supply.

When work is complete, we will notify the applicant to arrange the remainder of the electrical installation.

The owner/builder must:

Arrange for a qualified electrician to install a separate dedicated circuit (as approved by Shoalhaven Water) from the electrical meter box to the location of the control panel.

Once connected and operating, all power costs for the running of the pressure sewer unit are the responsibility of the property owner.

Example of pressure sewer components and responsibilities