The Board has warned that residents have six months to comply with the regulation or face relevant penalties.
In a recent release, the Development Control and Planning Board warned all homeowners and business-owners, to ensure that no wastewater from bathrooms, showers, face basins, kitchens and laundries runs off, into public drains or any other public places.
Waste water which is termed “grey water” should be channelled into a soak- away on the homeowner’s premises. This is a requirement for all new developments, except where there is a sewage treatment plant, said the DCPB.
The Board indicated that certain existing developments allow their grey water to drain into dirt roads, alleys and public drains on main roads. Such improper disposal can cause erosion and pot holes, and an overall unhealthy environment.
The Development Control and Planning Board is therefore urging all developments to have their grey water drained off or disposed of via a soak away.
A period of six (6) months will be allowed for persons to comply. During this period, (February – July) information will be gathered and the department will notify respective persons.