What is stormwater and who is responsible for it?

Stormwater is rainwater run-off from roofs, roads and buildings. It runs through gutters and into street drains that are managed by local councils. It then flows into a large stormwater drainage system or open creeks that are managed by Melbourne Water, before being released into our rivers and creeks.

Stormwater is not transported in the same pipes as sewage.

Local councils have responsibility for local drains, road networks and street and property drainage that feed into the regional drains, rivers and creeks.

Melbourne Water is responsible for the larger stormwater drainage system that the street drains flow into.

South East Water collects the Waterways and Drainage Charge quarterly on behalf of Melbourne Water to help take care of our waterways and drainage systems, and protect us from floods.

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