About water pollution
Water pollution can be caused by chemicals and materials that are carried into our stormwater drains through:
- septic tank leaks
- grey water
- illegal disposal of chemicals, rubbish and other toxic substances.
Some of the pollutants that can enter our waterways through stormwater drains include:
- discarded litter like cigarette butts, empty cans, plastic wrappers that can take many years to decompose
- garden waste such as grass clippings, leaves and branches
- animal waste
- garden pesticides and fertilisers
- motor oil
- oil, grease and paint.
Even the smallest amount can do a great deal of damage. Just one litre of motor oil is enough to make an olympic size swimming pool (one million litres of water) unsafe for plants or animals.
See EPA Victoria's list of the different types and causes of stormwater pollution.
Make a report
Water pollution complaints are handled by:
- Water and sewerage faults including emergency leaks, bursts and breaches of water restrictions. Contact: South East Water - 13 Water (13 92837).
- Water pollution from commercial or industrial sites or illegal dumping of wastes. Contact: EPA Victoria on 9695 2777 or visit their website for more information.
- Septic tank leaks, grey water leaks, water pollution from residential properties. Contact: Knox Council’s Health Services Unit on 9298 8000.
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Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.