Water pollution can occur from a variety of sources including but not limited to; litter, chemicals, garden clippings and sediment.
Street gutters and storm water pits drain directly to local creeks and waterways. Pollutants which are placed in these areas will drain to these waterways affecting plants and aquatic life.
Water pollution is an offence under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 with on the spot fines of $750-$1500.
The following activities are examples of water pollution:
- Washing a car on the street. Cars should be washed on grass, or within a designated wash bay.
- Cleaning paint brushes, discharging oils into the street gutter.
- Hosing garden waste and clippings into the street gutter.
- Allowing rain to wash soil and sediment off construction sites.