Council are in the process of investigating illegal stormwater connections within the sewage system through such processes as smoke and dye testing and CCTV. As illegal properties are identified, a Notice is issued by Council, which remains on the Title until such time as the matter has been resolved.
If you are unsure of your property's sewage and stormwater connections and locations, contact your local plumber.
One way is through water seeping into sewerage pipes and manholes through cracks or bad joints. Another way is where water enters via properties and breaks in Council mains into the sewerage system.
If you are discharging your stormwater into the sewerage system you run the risk of sewage backing up and spilling out into your house or yard during heavy rains. Click here to see an example of "cross connection" where drinking water is at risk of being contaminated through an illegal stormwater connection to the sewerage system.
While Council has the right to prosecute under the Sewers and Drains Act, it understands that in many cases the illegal connection may have been made before the current owner purchased the property.
Residents are asked to be proactive and make the necessary changes as soon as possible as these issues affect the whole community.
Fines will not be issued at this stage, but will be considered if illegal connections are reconnected in the future.
Sometimes it's hard to tell, but in many cases you can see downpipes carrying stormwater from the roof which point into the sewer gully trap or grate outside.
Often, there will be sewerage pipes such as those from laundries and/or bathrooms. Click here to see some common examples of how roof water (stormwater) is illegally discharged into the sewerage network.
If you are unsure of your properties sewage and stormwater connections and locations, contact your local plumber.