Several documents that review Water Quality issues in Australia
National Water Quality Management Strategy Guidelines
National Water Quality Management Strategy
Water quality and stormwater ramifications.
Storm water quality has a major impact on the global environment.
As with most parts of the world it is illegal in Australia to discharge wastewater from the washing of wheelie bins directly into the storm water system. This contaminated water is regarded as sewage.
See ‘Stormwater Management’ by EPA. Victoria
See Section 38 & 39 Environment Protection Act, Victoria.
Unfortunately this is where up to 11.5 billion litres of Victoria’s drinking water ends up. If this contaminated water is used on lawns and gardens it still has the ability to end up in our ground water systems.
This contaminated water causes significant harm to the eco-systems that it enters.
The EPA in Victoria report that two billion items of litter end up in Port Phillip Bay each year. This does not include the harmful toxicants that also enter the marine environment.
Research also shows us that water poured onto gardens and lawns also has the capacity to enter our ground water systems, again impacting on our environment.
See Victorian EPA Publication 1304 (April 2010) – Stormwater and Protecting Our Waterways.