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Council's Roads Operations Division is responsible for the inspection, maintenance and cleaning of the city's stormwater piping and infrastructure. This responsibility includes stormwater pits.
Although stormwater drainage systems follow the land contour throughout the City, the road network provides the primary means of collecting stormwater run-off.
Whilst it is not economically feasible to cater to the largest storms, Council's drainage system is aimed at minimising flooding and maintaining a high level of safe road conditions during storm events.
The system of gully pits and pipes conveys "normal" rainfall run-off away to the receiving rivers and provides for the disposal of stormwater from private properties. New connections to kerb and gutter or Council stormwater drains requires a Work Permit approval.
If you notice water is accumulating in the gutter or causing roadway flooding due to a blockage or restriction within the stormwater drainage system, or you see issues with Council pipes and pits in private property, you should report this.
The exceptions are inter-allotment or common drainage lines that collect stormwater run-off from downpipes, usually from a number of houses, before connecting into a Council pit or pipeline. These lines are owned and are the collective responsibility of the property owners, not us.
As a resident of Canterbury-Bankstown, it is your responsibility to ensure the stormwater drainage infrastructure within your property is maintained. This means stormwater drainage from your property is your responsibility right up until it reaches a point of connection with Council's drainage infrastructure, including if your property's stormwater drains to the roadside kerb.
We can provide you with advice regarding the legal point of discharge from a property. The legal point of discharge is the point at which your stormwater drainage system discharges into Council's drainage infrastructure. Every property has one! You can also request a new roof-water outlet.
Our Infrastructure Planning Team caters for the strategic monitoring of the condition, functionality and renewal of our City’s stormwater drainage network and flood mitigation structures.
The team can provide catchment-wide and localised information on flooding and the drainage network, as well as various flood modelling.
You will need to fill out the Stormwater Information Application Form to access this information however, it is recommended you call the Team prior to submitting the form.
For more information, or if you'd like to report something or make a request by the submission of a Stormwater Information Application Form, please contact Council's Infrastructure Planning Team, Roads Unit, Operations on 9707 9000.