Have you ever wondered where the water collected in the gutters goes?

Stormwater is any rain or water that falls on your roof, footpath, gutters, driveway and on the roads that is collected in pipes and then into a stormwater system. The water in this system eventually makes its way into our creeks, rivers and wetlands. This water is separate from the sewer system and is not treated before it enters our waterways.

Stormwater management relates to managing the impacts of human activity on water quality and the environment around our creeks, rivers and wetlands.

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Where does stormwater flow?

In the Liverpool catchment all our stormwater ends up in the ocean.  It is captured in the creeks and wetlands and flows into the Georges River, before entering Port Botany and then finally into the ocean.

What is the problem?

As stormwater runs across surfaces such as grass, roofs, footpaths and roads, it picks up chemicals and materials such as leaves, dirt and litter that are not usually found in our waterways.  These can be toxic, dangerous and can impact upon the water quality in our waterways and the Georges River. It can affect the plants and animals found in these waterways.

How can you help?

You can have a huge impact on the water quality of our waterways and the Georges River by adopting these actions:


grass, leaves and branches in the waterways use up oxygen and can affect the quality of the waterways, as well as the plants and animals found in the waterway.  Soil can make waterways cloudy and increase silt.

You can help by:

  • Sweeping and raking leaves and grass clipping instead of using a hose
  • Reducing the use of fertiliser, pesticides or herbicides
  • Keeping all soil on the site
  • Sweeping your drive and putting material collected in the compost bin or garbage bin.

Your Dog

the bacteria found in dog droppings can be hazardous to plants and animals in the waterways.

You can help by:

  • Taking a plastic bag with you when you are walking your dog, collecting the droppings and then placing them in the nearest bin.


can clog waterways and can cause toxicity when the materials breakdown.

You can help by:

  • Disposing of cigarette butts in the garbage bin or using a personal ashtray.  Cigarette butts are the single highest litter item of all the litter in Australia
  • Ensuring all rubbish is placed in a garbage bin or recycling crate.

Around the house

- it is important that materials such as paint and cement do not end up in our waterways.

You can help by:

  • Washing all water based paint brushes on the grass
  • Taking all unwanted paint, solvents and cleaners to the Lucas Height Landfill, New Illawarra Road.  They will take up to 20 litres free of charge
  • Ensuring your household wastewater is not connected to the stormwater system
  • Making sure any run off and drainage from your pool goes into the sewer system.

Your Car

You can help by:

  • Ensuring your car has no leaks and when you are working on your car making sure no oil or grass will get into the gutter
  • Taking all unwanted motor oil to the Lucas Heights Landfill, they will accept up to 20 litres free of charge
  • Washing your car on the lawn and using minimal amount of detergents or taking it to a car wash where the water is maintained on the site.