Pollution Control Devices

Pollution Control Devices
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​​​​Pollution Control Devices (PCDs) allow us to protect our local waterways. 


Read about the different types of PCDs and how they are used to protect our local environment from pollutants.

​Each device is effective for different types of pollutants and all devices are cleaned and maintained on a needs basis for optimum efficiency. We also have an Officer that investigates and coordinates the response to urgent pollution incidents such as oil and chemical spills. 


A floating barrier angled across the water course, which is designed to collect litter and retain oil.

Trash Rack 

A type of barrier used to trap litter and organic matter. The litter that is trapped can be large or small including everything from syringes to tyres.

Macrophyte Bed 

Beds of aquatic plants used to promote the removal of nutrients from stormwater by exploiting plants' natural uptake of important nutrients which are necessary for plant growth.

Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) 

There are many different types, but they all provide a filter for stormwater as they collect litter, oil, organic matter and sediment.

Artificial Wetland 

We have constructed artificial wetlands in our local area as a means of pollution control, designed to have a series of different depths to encourage aquatic plants to occupy shallow areas and allow sediments to settle out of suspension in deeper waters.


Lakes can also be considered a pollution control device of sorts as they retain and filter sediments and nutrients from stormwater. Unfortunately, this function also produces ideal conditions for weed growth and algal blooms.

Sediment/Pollution Control Pond 

Artifici​al water bodies that are used to contain pollution before it enters our rivers or the more sensitive areas of our waterways. ​

Oil & Grit Separator 

A barrier above the water surface that is operational during normal stormwater flow.


For more information, contact our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000. ​