Help keep waterways clean

Stormwater

You as a property owner, you are responsible to manage the stormwater on your property. This includes managing potential flooding and environmental impacts.

Public vs Private Drainage

The Council public drainage networks collects stormwater from each property, as well as stormwater that runs off roads and footpaths. This public drainage network is owned and maintained by Council.

When rain falls onto lawns, gardens, roofs, driveways and other hard standing areas within a private property, it is collected and drained through private drainage systems. This drainage system is owned by the property owner, and they are responsible for maintenance and upkeep.

Any stormwater problems within a property boundary are the responsibility of the property owner.

Protect the environment

Everyone has a moral and ethical responsibility to keep the stormwater drains free of pollutants and contaminants. Washing your car in the driveway or rinsing paint brushes into stormwater drains can affect the quality of the natural water and harm plants and animals that live downstream (knock-on effects). Property owners can help protect the environment by using features such as rain gardens, permeable paving, or by planting selective native bushes around the streams.

Five simple ways you can clean up our waterways

Protecting waterways is in everyone’s interest, and everyone can do their bit to help. Here are five simple things you can do that will make a huge difference to the local environment.

1.Scoop the Poop – Pet waste

Pet waste doesn’t disappear, usually it gets washed down the drain, and into our waterways, with the next rain. It also contains bacteria and disease-causing organisms that can infect people and other pets. Pick up your pet waste and throw it in the bin.

2. Don’t Drip and Drive- Fix car leaks.

Regularly service your car. This stops leaking oil getting onto the road, then into the stormwater system. It only takes one litre of oil to contaminate a million litres of water.

3. Car Wash away from Drains

Wash your vehicle on the grass or take it to a car wash at a service station that treats and disposes of its water. This will reduce the amount of contaminated water going into the storm drain (and can water your lawn at the same time!).

4. Plant Natives

Native plants have evolved to natural conditions and don’t need any extra fertilizers, watering, or chemicals. Native plants have extensive root systems that prevent erosion, provide extra filtration and improve water quality. By choosing native plants will also save you time and money by cutting costs related to mowing, fertilising, and watering your lawn.

Native bush over waterways Native grass along flood path

5.Report Dumping – Only Rain down the Rain

When using water-based paint, clean up over soil or grass. Don't hose household cleaners, paint, concrete cleaning or any other chemicals down the stormwater drain. Report dumping into storm drains or oil spills by calling the Council on 03 687 7200

Last updated: 23 Jun 2020