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Excess Stormwater runoff due to Extreme Weather Conditions

Excess Stormwater runoff due to Extreme Weather Conditions

Drain Catches Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater drainage systems don’t always cope with heavy rain. The dimensions of pipes and stormwater systems are specified with average rainfalls in mind. With the current rain event we are experiencing and with further heavy falls expected, we wanted to share some important information regarding excess Stormwater runoff.

If you find you are having drainage issues and are concerned, please feel free to contact Jamie on 0404 030 796 for an assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here you will find the most common asked questions regarding who’s responsibility it is when facing excess stormwater drainage problems on your property.

Who deals with issues relating to groundwater on my property?

The property owner manages groundwater on their property.

My neighbour has carried out work which causes water to flow or pond on my property. Where can I go for help?

  • speak to your neighbour first. Many people do not realise the problem is occurring and are happy to cooperate, or
  • a licensed plumber and drain layer can provide advice on the source of water and how best to resolve the problem
  • council may become involved where roof water from new building work has not been connected to a lawful point of discharge.

If you and your neighbour cannot resolve the problem, the State Justice Department Dispute Resolution Centre can provide mediation without legal action.

Can I redirect overland flow in my property?

Property owners must accept natural overland flow from:

  • adjoining properties
  • public land, and
  • roads.

As a property owner; apart from easements, you have the right to change flow within your boundary as you see fit. Provided you don’t affect another property e.g. by concentrating flows onto a neighbouring property.

You cannot erect any type of barrier on your boundary that interferes with the natural path of stormwater, this may impact other parties. Anyone found to be blocking or altering the natural runoff of water, may be held responsible for any damages incurred.

Water runs from the road on to my property. Can council build kerb and channel/drainage to prevent this?

Council stormwater infrastructure has a primary purpose to keep road users safe. It controls large volumes of water from the road surface. Property owners must accept natural overland flow from:

  • adjoining properties
  • public land
  • roads.

An option may be to introduce private inter-allotment drainage to reduce the impact of road runoff.

Can council install a pipe at my driveway crossover to prevent stormwater flowing down my driveway?

It is the property owner’s responsibility to build, maintain or alter the vehicle crossover to council standards.

This includes:

  • any associated drainage and kerbing
  • where the driveway crosses the kerb
  • any affected footpath, water course, drain and drainage easement.

Refer to construction of vehicle crossovers for more information.

Stormwater runs onto my property from my driveway. Will council install a stormwater drain at the front of my property?

For properties built below the road, stormwater can enter your property via your driveway if it is not built to standards.

It is the property owner’s responsibility to build, maintain or alter the vehicle crossover.

This includes:

  • any associated drainage and kerbing
  • where the driveway crosses the kerb
  • any affected footpath, water course, drain and drainage easement.

Refer to construction of vehicle crossovers for more information.

How do I know if the stormwater pipe in my easement/property is privately owned or not?

Generally anything less than 375mm in diameter is private. Usually this network exists to convey roof water drainage if the property’s graded below the road.

If you are unsure contact council‘s stormwater services.

Flooded Road Drains to Stormwater

Stormwater in my street doesn’t drain water away during heavy rain events. Can council upgrade the stormwater network?

The underground stormwater network is typically designed to carry flows for a minor storm event. For any heavy storm events, it’s expected that the road reserve will begin to flood until the drainage network can drain the water away.

Stormwater network is backing up and not draining right. Can council fix this?

Contact council to report blockages or damaged pipes in the road reserve.

You should contact a plumber for blockages or damage to:

  • private stormwater downpipes that connect into the kerb, or
  • inter-allotment drainage.

The condition of the stormwater structure near my property is in poor condition and is a hazard to road users and pedestrians. Can this be fixed?

Contact council for any poor condition or damaged asset, providing:

  • street address
  • description of the location, and
  • photographs where available.

Can I connect my stormwater from my roof and driveway to council’s stormwater network?

Connecting to council’s network is:

  • subject to approval
  • to be undertaken by a qualified plumber, and
  • at the cost of the property owner.

Generally, if the stormwater will eventually end up in the system, approval of the connection request will occur.

For further information, please visit the below website

https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Building-and-Plumbing/Stormwater 

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