Water pollution can be divided into two sources:

Point sources

A ‘point source’ discharge enters a waterway from an identifiable location, such as a pipe.

Many industries use this method, while others discharge to the sewerage system.

Point source and sewerage system discharges from an environmentally relevant activity must be licensed under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Diffuse sources

A ‘diffuse’ or ‘non-point source’ discharge does not enter a waterway from one identifiable location. For example, run-off from agricultural and urban sources usually enters a waterway at one point, including stormwater drains.

Who to contact

Contact the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection office for the following:

  • If your enquiry relates to pollution issues arising from a commercial source or fish kills

Contact your local council for the following:

  • If your enquiry relates to a pollution issue arising from a residential property

You can contact either the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection office or your local council for the following:

  • If you notice a reduction in water quality, or any activity affecting water quality
  • For any information on illegal dumping or pollution of our waterways.

View the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection office contact details.

View the Burdekin Shire Council contact details.

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