Stormwater that is unable to enter underground drainage systems will naturally concentrate and move downhill to the nearest waterway, often across private property.

What is stormwater?

Stormwater - or run-off - is water that flows across the land's surface as a result of rainfall or other forms of precipitation. The path stormwater takes is often referred to as overflow.

Why is it important?

  • Ipswich typically receives approximately half its average yearly rainfall (900mm) during the months December to March.
  • In urban areas, stormwater often flows across roads, driveways, car parks, pavements and through a network of pipes, culverts and pits as a part of the stormwater network.
  • Stormwater may also carry pollutants such as soil, litter, fertilisers or oil residues, which can end up in downstream waterways.

Check your property

It is your responsibility as a homeowner to put sufficient measures in place on your property if it is located in a stormwater path. See more information on stormwater control and waste water, including homeowner responsibilities, information about water discharge points, rainwater tanks and more.

Managing stormwater

Stormwater can be effectively managed across private property by following some simple guidelines:

  • Avoid altering the ground level around an identified stormwater path.
  • Ensure ground levels direct stormwater away from your house.
  • Avoid blocking the natural path of stormwater flow at the boundaries of your property.
  • Ensure your driveway and other paved surfaces direct the stormwater flow away from your garage or house.
  • Ensure your driveway entrance has sufficient 'roll over' to prevent water from the road channel flowing down your driveway. See more information on driveways, including a range of approved designs, locations, materials and permits required for their construction
  • Ensure you clear your roof gutters regularly to stop stormwater overflowing into your home or yard.

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