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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.

Download the Draft Infrastructure Standard (PDF 105.4 KB)

Consultation

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 naomi.struve@sa.gov.au or calling 0475 826 663.