Use your brain before you put it down the drain

Recent reports of illegal dumping into the City’s waterways have sparked a message to residents to be mindful of what you pour down the stormwater drain.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams, who also sits on the Healthy Land and Water Board, said Council is committed to protecting our waterways and will respond to incidents of water contamination in stormwater drains, roadside gutters and water bodies is evident.

“Sometimes people just don’t think of where those contaminants end up when they pour something down the drain. They need to be aware they end up in our waterways, including our beautiful bay, which is home to a variety of marine life.

“Potential prescribed water contaminants include pollutants such as chemicals, oils, fuels, paint, waste water from roof cleaning, concrete or sediment run off.

“We need to be vigilant in preventing water pollution and protecting the water quality that’s so essential to maintaining the health of our environment and our own quality of life.

“We in Redland City are blessed with so many natural assets and these are the reasons people come to live in this area,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said recent examples of water pollution in the Redlands would be investigated and enforced by Council under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

“Negligent acts like this can have severe impacts on our environment and the wildlife of the area,” she said.

“It’s so important to prevent these contaminants from entering the waterway.

“Residents should dispose of chemicals appropriately through Council’s Waste Transfer Facilities, diverting waste water from vehicle washing to a vegetated area and making sure sediment, mulch or rubbish is adequately contained, evening during rainfall.

“I would encourage residents to report any incidents of pollution in our waterways or any suspicious behaviour immediately to Council.”

For further information on what Council can accept at their Waste Transfer Facilities, contact Council on (07) 3829 8999 or visit the Redland City Council website