Water is a scarce and essential natural resource. Conserving and maintaining water quality is especially important in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent. Preventing or reducing water pollution protects our water quality and is essential to maintaining the health of our environment and our own quality of life.

Interesting facts about water

  • Less than three percent of Earth's total supply of water is fresh water.
  • Polar ice and inaccessible groundwater make up more than half of that three percent.
  • In the developed western world, as well as the developing world, water is becoming more polluted.
  • Every year, polluted water kills more than 24 million people in the developing world. Most of those killed are children.

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain complaints, and shares the responsibility of water pollution issues with other government bodies. Please refer to the information below which outlines authorities for various water pollution  types.

Who to contact
Fact Sheets
Application for disposal of silted water (PDF, 101.2KB)
Customer Service Standards Water Supply and Sewerage Services (PDF, 911.2KB)
Drinking Water Quality Management Plan (DWQMP) Report 2014-2015 (PDF, 1.4MB)
State Water Information Management (SWIM) Report (PDF, 102KB)

Information on water data indicators across the Isaac region

Who to contact

Acid sulfate soils

• Occurring on residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council

Dewatering

• Occurring on residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council

Emergency response

• Local road or waterway - Occurring on residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council
• Main road, highway or motorway - Contact your local office of the Department of Main Roads
• Major waterway (eg. river, broadwater, ocean, bay) - Contact your local office of Queensland Transport (Marine Division)

Fish Kill

• Less than 50 fish - Contact Council
• 50 or more fish - Contact your local office of the Department of Environment and Resource Management

Release of contaminants

• Rubbish, cement, oil, paint, sediment etc. - Contact Council
• Bilge water (boat) - Contact your local office of Queensland Transport (Marine Division)

Fact Sheets

Water Quality and Water Leaks (PDF, 1.63KB)
Foam on water (PDF, 321KB)
Iron bacteria (PDF, 220KB)
Trichodesmium bacteria (PDF, 137KB)