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Stormwater education

Council maintains the stormwater system that drains water throughout Singleton. The stormwater system drains into the Hunter River. Council has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce pollution from entering the Hunter River.

These include:

  • The installation of 20 large pollution traps throughout the Singleton township area;
  • Ongoing education campaigns;
  • Ratepayer newsetter pamphlets with information on stormwater do's and don'ts;
  • Monitoring of sediment at new development sites; and
  • Painting roadside stormwater drain lintels with the “The Drain is Just for Rain” throughout Singleton.

All stormwater that leaves your property can cause pollution. Council is trying to reduce pollutants such as litter, sediment, organic matter, weeds, nutrients, greases, oils and pesticides from reaching our waterways and affecting water quality.

What can you do?

  • Bin your cigarette butts. Butts take several years to breakdown, and they introduce toxins into waterways. Carry a small container such as an old film canister to store your butts until you can dispose of them properly.
  • Wash your vehicle over grass or on gravel, so that the waste water can be absorbed by the ground. Use a bucket and minimal detergent, and empty the soapy water down the sink or toilet. Or use a commercial car wash that recycles its water.
  • Care for your car to prevent it leaking oil and lubricants onto the road. These hydrocarbons can be toxic to marine life when washed into the stormwater system.
  • Rake garden and lawn clippings and use as compost or mulch. Never hose garden sweepings into the stormwater system. Organic matter uses up oxygen as it decomposes in waterways, suffocating aquatic plants and animals.
  • Allow unused paint to dry out, and then dispose of residue in the bin. Do not clean brushes or rollers into gutters or drains.
  • Only put rain down the drain. It is illegal to place any other material into the stormwater system. Fines can be issued for offences.

Please contact Council if you would like further information.





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Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290