Stormwater is water that runs off our roofs, driveways, footpaths, roads, and gardens. On its journey to the drain, it picks up a heap of contaminants (pollution).
Many people don’t realise that in urban areas of Canterbury, stormwater usually flows untreated into our rivers and streams and out to sea.
We need everyone to take responsibility for protecting our precious waterways and one of the best ways to do that is stop pollution getting into stormwater.
Protect our waterways
Some simple things you can do to help avoid contaminants getting into our rivers and sea.
Contamination of stormwater
Common pollutants can end up in the stormwater that flows into our waterways.
Who manages our stormwater?
Find out what local and regional councils do for stormwater management.