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Incorporati~g Amendment No 1 AS 1547-1973.

UDC 628.352:696.135
SfB (52)

Australian Standard
1547-1973

'DISPOSAL OF EFFLUENT'
FROM
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SMALL SEPTIC TANKS

STANDARDS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA


Incorporated by Royal Charter

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THE FOLLOWING SCIENTIFIC, INDUSTRIAL AND GOVERNMENTAL
organizations and departments were officially represented on the committee
entrusted with the preparation of this standard:
Commonwealth Department of Works
Consulting Engineers
Health Inspectors
Manufacturers
Master Plumbers Associations
State Departments of Health
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This standard, prepared by Committee WSj 13, Septic Tanks, was approved
on behalf of the Council of the Standards Association of Australia on
24 May 1973.
To keep abreast of progress in industry, Australian standards are
regularly reviewed. Suggestions for improvements to published standards
are welcomed; these should be addressed to the headquarters of the
Association, Sydney.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD
CODE OF PRACTICE

DISPOSAL OF EFFLUENT
FROM SMALL SEPTIC TANKS
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AS 1547 - 1973

First published (as AS CAl3) ........ 1968


Revised and issued as AS 1547 ....... 1973
Amended ................... August 1976
Reprinted incorporating amendment ... 1978

PUBLISHED BY THE STANDARDS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA


STANDARDS HOUSE, 80-86 ARTHUR ST., NORTH SYDNEY. (Copyright)

ISBN 0 7262 0054 9


AS 1547-1973 2

PREFACE
This standard was prepared by the Association's Committee on Septic Tanks,
as a revision of AS CAI3-1968, which it accordingly supersedes.
NOTE TO 1978 REPRINT: This standard was originally published in the one document
with AS 1546-1973, Small Septic Tanks. The latter standard was subsequently revised
(1976) and published separately.
The preparation of AS 1546 and AS 1547 was undertaken with the object
of establishing requirements which would make for, on the one hand,
simplicity, economy of design and Jatisfactory performance of septic tanks
and, on the other hand, for effective disposal of effluent from the tanks.
This Tevision endorses the original objectives and involves changes in
minor editorial aspects, introduces metric dimensions, and expresses values
in SI units as part of the metric conversion programme.
As there are so many possible means of effluent disposal, and so many
factors to be taken into a~count before deciding what, if any, system of
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disposal should be adopted, it would .beunwise- to publish hard and fast


rules for effluent disposal. Accordingly the standards comprise a specification
of requirements for small septic tanks (AS 1546) and a code of recommended
practice for the disposal of effluent from the tanks (AS 1547).
The standards do not apply to larger septic tanks requiring the provision
of facilities for the biological treatment of the effluent therefrom.
This standard may require reference to AS 1546.
3 AS 1547-1973

CONTENTS
FOREWORD .... 4
RULE 1. Scope 5
RULE 2. Definitions 5
RULE 3. Methods of Disposal-General 5
RULE 4. Effluent Distribution Box ..... 5
RULE 5. Disposal by Absorption from Trench 6
RULE 6. Transpiration Bed .... 8
RULE 7. Absorption Well 9
RULE 8. Effluent Collection Well .... 9
RULE 9. Emptying Procedure for Reinforced Plastics Tanks .... 9
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AS 1547-1973 Code of practice for disposal of


effluent from small septic tanks (incorporating
Amdt 1)
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