Stormwater Disposal

Stormwater not only creates a nuisance but it can also contribute to structural defects and create an unhealthy condition.  Unless subject of a recent development application, where stormwater from a site is affecting neighbouring properties, it is a civil matter to be dealt with between the property owners.

Property owners should be aware that if the disposal of water from their site affects a building structurally, then they might be held liable for damages in the Civil courts.

Basically the simple rules of water disposal should be followed:

  • Discharge away from all buildings.
  • Discharge away from all boundaries.
  • Don't allow water to pond or create an unhealthy condition.
  • Water must not flow across a footpath area or the verge.
  • Provide a kerb or spoon drain where paving falls towards the boundary.
  • Water shall be prevented from flowing back into the building.

The building Code of Australia (BCA2004) is the current legislation governing stormwater disposal. Refer to F1.1, Part and AS/NZS3500.3.2.

The Town of Gawler requires that stormwater from all roofs, gutters, downpipes, paved areas and garden areas be drained to the street watertable through steel, concrete or class 12 PVC pipes or steel box sections located below the level of the footpath.

Council do not provide pipe covers, but Council will cut the kerb to accommodate pipes free of charge, however it is the owner's responsibility to reinstate the kerb once the works are complete.  Contact Council on 8522 9211 to have the kerb cut.

After Hours Contact Call 08 8522 9211
43 High Street, Gawler East SA 5118
Tel: 08 8522 9211
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