Waste Water Disposal from Animal Houses, Laboratories & Aquaria
This document is provided on the basis of relaying information only. Each situation regarding water
disposal will be different and to this end the reader is responsible for ensuring that their disposal
procedures are in accordance with recognised requirements.
The University of Queensland has a responsibility to ensure water released from Animal Facilities is
compliant with the relevant environmental legislation. The key statutory requirements being, The
Water Supply Act (2008) and The Environmental Protection Act (1994) and subordinate legislation
and regulations.
Generally, the campuses are connected to local authority sewer.
If the animal facility you are utilising discharges liquid waste to ponds (currently only the QASP
Facility at the Gatton campus), you are required to ensure that it is chemically inert, free of any
pathogens not typically found in the animals’ faeces and free of disinfectants.
At point of discharge, regardless of facility, all liquid waste must comply with Trade Waste
Guidelines. If there is no treatment between the discharge point and the local authority’s treatment
plant, it is important that you ensure the water is treated prior to discharge as required.
Liquid waste that is classed as contaminated is to be treated in accordance to the criteria as set out
in the Trade Waste Guidelines. Risk assessments should also inform what can/can’t be discharged.
To obtain more detailed guidance please refer to:
UQ Sustainability Policies & Procedures
The Environmental Protection Act (1994)
Water Supply Act (2008)
Trade Waste Guidelines
For further information, please refer to:
Sustainability Office
Property and Facilities Division
Level 5, Building 42
St Lucia Campus
The University of Queensland Qld 4072
Email: [email protected]

Waste Water Disposal from Animal Houses, Laboratories & Aquaria