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Maintaining swimming pools or spas

If you're concerned about health risks from a pool or spa, please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444.

Tips on maintaining swimming pools and spas to prevent illness or mosquito breeding:

  • Maintain the water level so that the filter can be operated
  • Run the filter regularly, even when the pool or spa is not in use
  • Maintain chlorination/disinfection levels at all times
  • Remove leaf litter and debris often
  • Use a cover to keep clean and prevent the entry of pests. Remove any water that pools on top of the cover so this does not become a breeding area itself

Controlling mosquito breeding

If the pool is already home to breeding mosquitoes, some options for controlling mosquito breeding are:

  • Place domestic kerosene or paraffin oil over the surface of the water - be sure to check with the pool company first to ensure these chemicals will not damage the pool or spa
  • Drain the pool completely - check with your pool company before doing this to ensure it will not damage the pool or spa
  • Clean, refill and maintain the pool regularly

Further information regarding pools and spas can be found on the SA Health website


The CWMS is designed to remove liquid effluent only. This means a septic tank is required to treat portion of your domestic wastewater.

Wastewater systems

There are many properties in the City of Tea Tree Gully that are connected to the Community Wastewater Management System - CWMS, or have onsite wastewater systems. These properties do not have access to the SA Water sewer system.

On-site wastewater systems

Properties which cannot be connected to the sewer system or the CWMS have an on-site wastewater system. These systems treat liquid effluent which is disposed of on the property. These systems require onsite wastewater works approval.

Onsite wastewater systems and septic tanks connected to the CWMS network require desludging once every 4 years. Council manage the desludging program for properties connected to the CWMS system, the fee associated to this service is included in your Council rates. The cost of desludging septic tanks connected to CWMS is include in the annual rates paid to Council. More information on wastewater - SA Health website. Owners of properties with onsite wastewater systems are responsible for having their systems desludged every 4 years.


Greywater refers to water from showers, baths, hand basins, laundries and washing machines. If you intend to use greywater it is important that it is done correctly to ensure it does not create a risk to public health. More information on greywater - SA Health website

Permanent greywater systems require Council approval - application for onsite wastewater works.

For wastewater enquiries please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444.

Wood heaters and smoke

It is important that wood heaters are used correctly during the Winter months. Excessive smoke from indoor wood heaters can be a nuisance to neighbours

If you have a complaint about excessive smoke from a neighbouring property, please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444.

For more information on woodsmoke and burning in the open please visit the Environment Protection Authority


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