Water Pollution

What is water pollution?

The definition of water pollution is introducing any solid, liquid or gaseous matter into any natural waterway, creek, gutter or storm water drainage system so that the physical, chemical or biological condition of the waters is changed.

‘Matter’ includes, but is not limited to, waste water, oil, litter, debris, detergent, sewage and paint. Placing such matter in a location where it could be blown or could fall into a natural waterway, creek, gutter or storm water drainage system is also considered to be pollution.

Who investigates water pollution?

The council's Environmental Health Officers are responsible for the investigation and enforcement of most reported water pollution incidents in the Sutherland Shire. Pollution from building sites in the Shire are investigated by officers from the council's Environmental and Building Compliance Unit.

Many larger industry premises are licenced by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH). Pollution incidents originating from these premises are investigated by OEH. The OEH licence database can be accessed at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/prpoeo/licences.htm   

Contacts for reporting water pollution

It is an offence for any person to pollute any waters.

All water pollution matters or concerns can be reported to the council on 02 9710 0333 at any time.

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