Stormwater draining down your roof and through your property to the municipally-owned collection point can cause blockages at any point along this journey. Many people are unfamiliar with the question of whose responsibility it then becomes. Do you contact the local Authorities? Do you take action yourself? And should you take action, which pays for the arising costs?
The most common issue with stormwater pits is blockages. Blockages are caused by debris, twigs, leaves, roots, or even trash that finds its way into the drainage system. To avoid blockages, stormwater pit cleaning has to be done frequently. Here are a few clarifications on the roles that should be played by involved parties.
Legal point of discharge
The local authorities are in charge of a central location where all storm water is to be directed. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to connect your drainage to this LPD. Everything before the legal point of discharge is, therefore, under the maintenance and care of the homeowner. This means that blockages and cleaning services on these assets will be undertaken and paid for by you, the homeowner. It is your responsibility, however, to notify the council or concerned local authority about any problems at the LPD.
Structures over easements
While an easement may be near or on your property, you will require special permission from the local authority to build or put up structures in these areas. An easement area can be said to be a facilitative component of the entire drainage network. Constructions or any activities you may undertake in this area that could hamper the flow of the drainage must, therefore, be done in an authorized manner. Also, undertaking landscaping activities that may damage the stormwater drainage flow is strongly prohibited. This can sometimes also apply to activities such as planting trees in some locations around your property since tree roots are one of the leading stormwater drainage blockers.
Access to assets
Although they are under your direct responsibility, stormwater pits and other structures within your property should always be accessible to the local authorities. You must provide a mode of accessing these facilities every time. This facilitates immediate address of concerns and problems by the local authorities when needed to. Some local authorities may even randomly inspect stormwater pits to ensure every property owner cleans their portion, and does not lead to blockages that may affect other people within the neighborhood. You should always, therefore, contact local stormwater pit cleaning companies (like Able Liquid Waste Pty Ltd) with the right tools and employees, and have them ensure your pit isn't a source of concern to your home and the entire neighborhood.