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.