Water pollution can occur in creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, stormwater drains and oceans. Water pollution is a contamination of waterways which can result in the destruction of habitat for fish, other animals and plants.
It is an offence for any person to deposit or release certain materials into a roadside gutter, stormwater drain or waterway. It is also an offence to place materials where they could reasonably be expected to move or be washed into a roadside gutter, stormwater drain or waterway. Examples of these materials include:
There are many ways in which everyone can ensure their actions do not result in the contamination of our precious resource, water. Below are some simple ways to prevent water pollution.
Disposing of paint
Laying exposed aggregate surfaces (gravel)
Storing sand, soil or similar materials
Liquid wastes and waste water
Vehicle and boat cleaning
Minor vehicle servicing and maintenance
Discuss with your neighbour
People are sometimes unaware that their activities are causing a nuisance. Ipswich City Council encourages all residents and business operators to talk to their neighbours first about nuisance problems and only make a complaint if the issue remains unresolved.
Please follow the below steps to lodge your complaint with Council. Have the following information ready:
Contact Council by one of the methods below:
Council attend the property causing the issue and determine if the contamination is detectable or the cause is evident.