Stormwater is defined as runoff from urban areas such as house roofs, roads, driveways and footpaths. Unlike sewage, stormwater is not treated. In some cases its filtered through Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQIDs), usually located at the end of the pipe system, but it still flows directly from streets and gutters into our rivers, the harbour and the ocean. Straight from your street to waterways inhabited by fish, frogs and other aquatic animals and plants.
The Stormwater Management Program at Deakin aims to achieve best practice stormwater management and to integrate Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) into new projects and to prevent pollution to the University community's waterways (e.g. Gardiner's Creek).
- Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles incorporated into University master planning and design standards
- all major projects include specific requirements to manage stormwater during construction in accordance with best practice stormwater management guidelines.
Key activities undertaken
- commenced a review of design standards with respect to stormwater
- development of Stormwater Management Plans incorporating WSUD
What can you do?
- Service your car regularly to avoid contaminants from your vehicle washing into our waterways
- Adopt a creek or waterway in your local area
- Properly dispose of paints, oils, fertilisers, chemicals, grease and metals and clean paint brushes appropriately to avoid pollutants flowing down stormwater systems
- Wash your car in a car wash or on your lawn to prevent detergents and waxes running down the drain
- Dispose of garden waste and leaf litter in council bins or create a compost heap
- Take all rubbish home with you and dispose of cigarette butts appropriately
- Carry doggy bags for your dogs droppings next time you take your pet for a walk
- Use a broom instead of a hose to wash your driveway or footpath. Hosing the footpath lets the water carry dirt, soil or other waste into the street drains.