Public & Environmental Health

Council is interested in supporting the health and wellbeing of the community.  Council's Environmental Health Officers are involved in monitoring various aspects of the community in order to ensure public health is maintained. Regular inspections of food premises, public swimming pools, hairdressers and tattooists are undertaken along with investigations of concerns in regard to food, vermin and insanitary properties.  In this section you will also find information related to the control of pests and vermin in homes and businesses and information about our Obesity Prevention program- OPAL.

Legionella Control

The following information is provided to owners and operators responsible for the control of Legionella in manufactured Cooling Water Systems and Warm Water Systems.

High Risk Manufactured Water Systems must be operated and maintained in accordance with the South Australian Public Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013, Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 3666) and Guidelines for the Control of Legionella.  Australian Standards can be purchased on-line at the Australian Standards website or locally at Standards and Technical Publications, 45D Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn SA 5062.

A summary of new laws applying to the operation of High Risk Manufactured Water Systems is provided below.

Effective 1 October 2008, all new High Risk Manufactured Water Sytems must be registered with Council within one month of commissioning and positive Legionella counts must be reported to Council within 24 hours.

Before 1 April 2009, all existing high risk manufactured water systems must be registered with Council and automatic biocide dosing devices must be fitted to each cooling water system.

Before 1 October 2009, drift eliminators must be fitted to each cooling water system and plans, manuals and up to date log books for each system must be kept on the premises in an accessible location.

Septic Tanks

Some areas of the Port Adelaide Enfield Council are not connected to SA Water's mains sewerage system.  These include parts of Dry Creek, Wingfield, Gillman, Port Adelaide and Outer Harbor.  Properties not serviced by mains sewer may apply to install an on site waste water treatment and disposal system (i.e. a septic tank, aerobic wastewater treatment system or sand filter).  Under the South Australian Public Health (Wastewater) Regulations 2013 an application must be made to Council, for approval to install or alter a waste water system.

Asbestos is the new home of advice for South Australians concerned about Asbestos in their homes or workplaces.

The website is the outcome of collaboration between SafeWork SA, SA Health, the EPA, the LGA, Housing SA and DPTI. Each agency plays an important role in managing the risks of exposure and providing information and advice to South Australians about asbestos.

Check out the website for information on finding and identifying asbestos, what to do with it, how to remove it and where to put it for residential settings and workplaces.


Greywater results from the use of water in the laundry, kitchen, bath or shower (excluding the toilet). A significant proportion of the water we use in our homes is for washing clothes or ourselves, and these activities produce a large amount of wastewater which, like sewage, is disposed of to the mains sewer or a septic tank via the normal household plumbing and drainage system.

In these times of increased awareness of the need to conserve water, many people are investigating ways to re-use grey water from their homes for domestic purposes such as garden watering.

Council encourages the re-use of grey water, however, it is important to be aware of the regulatory approval process currently in place in South Australia.

Greywater Re-use Systems
In existing buildings, and where site conditions allow, modifications may be made to retro-fit a SA Health approved Greywater Re-use System.

The installation or alteration of a Greywater Re-use System requires approval under the provisions of the South Australian Public Health (wastewater) Regulations 2013.

No work in relation to the installation or alteration of a Greywater Re-use System can occur until the approval of the relevant authority has been granted.  Regulations under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 designate to Council the responsibility for approving and monitoring Greywater Re-use Systems in the Council region.

The Environmental Health Department (State Government) is available to provide assistance on all matters associated with the application and approval of Greywater Re-use Systems.

For more information and advice on greywater re-use please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on telephone (08) 8405 6832 during office hours.

Swimming Pools

Public pools and spas are monitored to ensure correct disinfection levels are maintained and the standard of facilities comply with regulations.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or email us at
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