Water Pollution

There are three main types of water pollution:

  • Litter, including cigarette butts, paper and plastic bags

  • Chemical pollution, including detergents, oil or fertilisers

  • Environmental pollution, including garden clippings, soil or animal droppings.

Tips to Reduce Water Pollution

The following activities are easy ways to help reduce water pollution:

  • Wash your car on the grass and reduce detergents from running down the street drain

  • Use green waste bins to dispose of garden waste

  • Put all rubbish in the bin to avoid litter being swept into the street drains

  • Install sediment control measures on building sites. 

Reporting Water Pollution

If you witness pollution in a drain, creek or waterway, please contact Council with the following details:

  • Time and date of the incident

  • Where the pollution was discovered

  • Your contact details.

Reporting pollution as close to the time of the incident as possible will greatly assist the investigation.

Useful Links

Georges Riverkeeper
Sydney Water
Office of Environment and Heritage
NSW Roads and Maritime Services

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