ACT Healthy Waterways is a joint initiative of the Australian and ACT governments to protect and improve long-term water quality in the ACT. The project aims to reduce the level of nutrients and pollutants entering our lakes and waterways.
Here in the CBD the drains and grates run down into Lake Burley Griffin which means so does the waste that gets swept down into them.
In the coming months, keep an eye out for the fun decals and street art appearing on drains and sumps in the City and Braddon that will draw attention to this.
So what can the businesses and cleaners in the CBD do to help reduce the amount of pollution going down the drains?
Businesses – don’t dump any oil, chemicals or waste down the drains in the street or laneways. They can be harmful to our waterways and local wildlife. Look out for rubbish, leaves and other sources of pollutants in your street that can be moved with the rain. This can cause the blockage of stormwater drains and possible flooding.
Cleaners – make sure small litter such as cigarette butts are collected before it rains and get washed down into the drains. Don’t sweep or blow leaves, butts, litter or lawn clipping down the drain either. Small litter like this are toxic to fish and other wildlife living in the lake.
To find out more about how you can help keep ACT waterways clean, visit the ACT Healthy Waterways website.