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Stormwater is rainwater that flows across roads, roofs, footpaths, car parks and other hard surfaces, into stormwater drains and waterways. As it runs over these surfaces it often picks up pollutants like rubbish, sediment, detergents, leaf litter and car oils.
When these pollutants enter our waterways they can have a devastating impact on the natural environment. To minimise the environmental impact, stormwater is carefully managed in number of ways.
You can also read our pages about Pollution Control Devices and Water Sensitive Urban Design, as well as The Crest Sustainable Stormwater Management. There's also a page on Roads and Stormwater.
There is a stormwater levy in place for the Planning, construction and maintenance of drainage systems, stormwater treatment measures and stormwater harvesting and use projects. It also helps with education programs, inspections, clean-ups and monitoring efforts. Of course, it also pays for staff to administer the stormwater management service charge as well.
For more information, contact our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.