Tips for clean stormwater

Only rain down the stormwater drain

Everything that goes down the stormwater drain ends up in our lakes and rivers. Be part of the solution for pollution and help keep our waterways healthy with these top tips.

  • Don’t be a tosser; always put litter in the bin. Stop rubbish going down the stormwater drain and into our waterways.
  • Keep soil and gravels on your site. Even gravel gets washed away in a heavy downpour.
  • Rake up leaves and grass. Turn them into mulch or compost, take them to a green waste recycling facility or, if you have one, put them in your green waste bin. Leaves and grass that go down the drain decompose and release polluting nutrients into the water.
  • Avoid using fertilisers and pesticides on your garden or block. If you must use them, do so sparingly.
  • Pick up after your pet. Bag up the poo and put it in the bin.
  • Butt out responsibly. Cigarette butts left on the pavement or flicked into the street end up in our waterways. Butts are toxic to fish and wildlife.
  • Wash your car on a grassy area or at a commercial car wash, not on your driveway or footpath.
  • Dispose of paints and chemicals at recycling centres not down the drain. They are toxic to our waterways and local wildlife.
  • Look after your septic system to prevent leaks from your property.
  • Work with your neighbours to defend the stormwater drains in your street. Share ideas about how we can all prevent stormwater pollution.

We know contaminated run-off from our streets and blocks is the biggest source of water pollution, which is why it is so important for people to do what they can at home on their blocks and in their street to protect the health of our waterways.

We’ve created a number of factsheets to help you make improvements at home such as installing a compost system or building a rain garden: