Project goal:

To deliver a new Septic Tank Effluent Disposal (STED) scheme to Bruce Rock.



Delivery Date:

May 2020

What's happening?

We've recently completed the new STED scheme to Bruce Rock. The scheme takes partially treated wastewater from household septic tanks through a pipeline to a disposal pond system managed by Water Corporation.

Why was the project completed?

Overflowing leach drains in backyards and laneways of Bruce Rock are a significant health concern for the community. Overflows are also damaging local infrastructure, including roads.

To protect local infrastructure and community health, the State Government chose to introduce a STED scheme.

The completed STED scheme will assist in improving the environmental health of the area. 


What are the next steps?

We have now finalised reinstatement of the construction area. The Shire of Bruce Rock is currently undertaking road reinstatement in conjunction with Water Corporation. If you have any concerns regarding reinstatement of your property, please contact us on the numbers listed at the side of this page.

Connection to the Scheme is now available. We encourage customers to connect to the STED Scheme as soon as possible. 

We appreciate that this has been an impactful project on the Bruce Rock community. We have heard you and have decided to defer the charging of wastewater rates for 12 months. This is in response to a large number of community members expressing concern around the initial cost of connection.

We will be deferring wastewater service charges until July 2021.

It is hoped that by taking the step to defer the service charges, we will be able to work closely with all community members to look at a bespoke solution to connection costs that would normally be cost prohibitive.

The cost of connecting to the wastewater system ranges depending on individual property requirements, such as depth and length of wastewater pipes and ground conditions. We encourage you to contact a licensed plumber to confirm an expected connection cost. Once you have received this quote, and have had time to consider if it is within your means, please contact us to discuss your options.

We encourage customers to contact us to discuss their connection costs once a quote has been received. We can then work with the customer to establish a way forward. Please contact us on the details at the side of the page to discuss your individual circumstances.

The Shire of Bruce Rock are offering a rebate up to $1,500 per property owner, to residents to assist with the cost of connection, please contact the Shire directly via email at for more information. This will be paid directly to the licensed plumber used for connection.

Once you have received your quotes and are ready to start the connection process you will need to complete a Sewer Conversion Application via Buildernet, more information can be found here. Information regarding fees can be found on our sewer service fees page. 

For any support in applying for a sewer conversion, please contact our Building Services team on 13 13 95.

How much will it cost for my home or business to connect to the STED scheme?

A STED scheme connection is the pipe between your septic tank and our sewer connection point. A narrow trench is dug approximately one metre deep to install a pipe (typically 100mm diameter PVC) to the connection point at your property boundary.

Arranging this connection is the responsibility of the property owner and must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

You must connect within five years from the time we advise you that the scheme is operational. The cost of connection varies depending on depth, length and ground conditions.

We strongly recommend you obtain quotes from reputable plumbers. You can contact the Master Plumbers Association on (08) 9471 6661, or email for a list of their members or check the Yellow Pages. We have been speaking with the two licensed plumbers based in town and they are ready to assist members of the Bruce Rock community with connection inquiries.

Department of Health may require that your old leach drain be decommissioned after you have connected to the STED Scheme. You should contact the health services section of your Shire to establish the decommissioning requirements. Julian Goldacre, Shire Environmental Health Officer can be reached on to assist. 

I am worried about the sewerage rates and connection fee for a STED scheme. What rebates and concessions are available to me?

Water Corporation is deferring service charges for 12 months and charges will not commence until July 2021.

The Shire of Bruce Rock is offering a rebate of up to $1,500 per property owner. This rebate will be paid directly to the registered plumber and the rebate offer is valid for three years. You can contact the Shire on (08) 9061 1377 or email to discuss your options.

If you have a Pensioner Concession, State Concession, WA Senior, or both a WA Senior and Commonwealth Senior Health Card, you may be eligible for rebates or concessions on your water bill. Please call us on 13 13 85 if you believe you are eligible for a concession, or visit our concession application webpage for more information. 

The Hardship Utilities Grant Scheme is a State Government scheme that provides financial assistance to people in financial hardship to pay their utility accounts. If you have the intention but not the financial capacity to pay your account without affecting your ability to meet individual or family basic living needs, you are considered to be in financial hardship.

To apply, please phone us on 13 13 85 so we can talk through your situation with you.

If my home or business is connected to the Bruce Rock STED scheme, how will my rates be calculated?

You will be required to pay sewerage rates from July 2021. The rates will be charged regardless of whether or not you have connected to the system.

The scheme is built to meet the sewerage needs of all properties that are capable of connecting to it. Therefore, the cost must be shared across the affected community to make the scheme financially viable.

Sewerage charges are based on your property’s Gross Rental Value (GRV) which is supplied by the Valuer General. The charge is calculated by multiplying a rate (cents in the dollar) by the GRV. The rates are different for each town or area as the cost of providing sewerage services varies for each country town sewerage scheme. A cap applies to residential sewerage charges in country areas and this cap is reviewed yearly.

Commercial property rates are based on the number of plumbing fixtures contained within each property (i.e. toilets and urinals).

Your rates will be provided to you in July 2021 - these are individual per property and can not be estimated.

For further information please visit our bills and charges page or call 13 13 85.

You must connect within 5 years from the time we advise you the system is operational.

When will I have to start paying rates? Are the sewerage charges in addition to my current rates?

You will be required to start to pay sewerage rates from July 2021. 

Sewerage rates are charged in addition to your current water rates and will be charged whether or not you have connected to the system from July 2021.

Making the connection to the STED scheme is your responsibility and the work must be carried out by a licensed plumber.

You must connect within five years from the time we advise you that the scheme is operational.

My septic tank and leach drain work well and do not currently experience any issues. Do I have to connect to the system if my property is included in the project area and how vital is it to our town that a STED scheme be implemented?

Overflowing leach drains in backyards and laneways of the Bruce Rock town-site are a significant health concern for the community of Bruce Rock. Overflows are also damaging local infrastructure, including roads.

We encourage customers in Bruce Rock to connect to the STED Scheme as soon as they are able to do so. From July 2021 you will be charged sewerage service rates, whether you have connected to the scheme or not.

Will I still be able to use greywater on my garden once I am connected to the STED scheme?

Greywater from your bath, spa, shower, bathroom wash basins, clothes washing machine, laundry trough, dishwasher and kitchen sink can still be used to irrigate your garden if you are connected to the STED scheme.

Will any odours be emitted from the ponds? How close will the ponds be to the town-site? Could the ponds contaminate our water supply?

The STED ponds will be located more than 500 metres from the nearest residence to ensure any odour emanating from the ponds does not adversely impact the community.

No infiltration of treated wastewater from the STED ponds into the soil is expected to occur. The Bruce Rock drinking water supply is stored in tanks west of the town-site, well away from the proposed location of the STED pond site. 

Why is a STED scheme and not an Infill Sewerage system proposed for Bruce Rock?

Areas for infill sewerage projects are determined by the State Government in consultation with Water Corporation and Department of Health. The projects are prioritised based on public health and environmental considerations.

The cost associated with installing deep sewerage to country towns is high and projects are subject to available funding.

STED schemes are appropriate for locations where standard sewerage treatment and disposal schemes are likely to be uneconomical and where the failure of leach drains in an existing household septic system can result in environmental and health issues. STED schemes are suitable for towns of up to approximately 500 lots.

The Bruce Rock Septic Tank Effluent Disposal (STED) scheme was identified as a priority project on the State Government’s Infill Sewerage Program in 2013, as a result of health and environmental concerns associated with overflowing septic tanks and leach drains in areas of the town-site.

How will a STED scheme impact development in Bruce Rock?

Properties connected to a STED scheme will no longer require leach drains. This will allow development on some properties which are currently vacant and unable to be developed due to the ineffectiveness of leach drains in these areas. It will also provide an opportunity for the Shire to consider a higher density of development within the town-site.

Contact us

Community Engagement
Jen Woollard, Community Engagement
(08) 9420 2651

Contact Centre
13 13 85

Faults, Emergencies and Security
13 13 75 (24-hour)