What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is surface runoff from rain and storm events that enters the drainage system. Stormwater drains to our waterways and into the Bay through a drainage network.

Who is Responsible for Managing Stormwater?

Stormwater management can be categorised into two major areas, stormwater quantity and stormwater quality.

The management of urban stormwater in Frankston City is a shared arrangement between Frankston City Council and Melbourne Water.

Stormwater Pollutants

Anything which enters stormwater drains ends up in our waterways and beaches. When it rains, litter (such as cigarette butts), soil from erosion, oils, animal waste, leaf litter and other forms of pollution from the street are carried into the drainage system.

Polluted stormwater is a significant threat to the health and quality of our waterways and Port Phillip Bay.

For more information on how the stormwater system works, visit Melbourne Water.

What you can do to help

  • Don't litter - what ends up in our streets eventually drains to the bay
  • Keep your garbage and recycling bins secure - never let it blow away or fall out of the bin
  • Dispose of paints and solvents properly - you can take your unwanted paint and paint tins to the Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre (FRRRC) (check for types and quantities accepted)
  • Always pick up after your pet - don't let animal wastes pollute our beaches (you don't want to swim in it do you?)
  • Sweep and dispose of lawn clippings, as well as leaf and garden litter in your garden waste bin, compost bin or garden, rather than allowing leaves and clippings to block drains 

What is Council doing?

Council implements a range of initiatives to improve stormwater quality, by reducing litter and other pollutants entering the City’s waterways and Port Phillip Bay. These initiatives include:

  • Litter Traps - Maintenance of gross pollutant traps (GPTs) in drains across the municipality, to trap large pollutants such as plastic bottles, before they enter local creeks and the Bay
  • Litter Education - Council runs a range of litter education programs and initiatives which aim to reduce the incidence of litter in our City, including supporting Clean Up Australia Day activities and local clean-up groups

  • On ground works continue to reduce litter entering the City’s drains through street sweeping, drainage maintenance and management, litter removal and provision of public waste and recycling bins
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design Guidelines - Council’s Water Sensitive Urban Design Guidelines aim to encourage best practice environmental management of urban stormwater for Council and developers (see Related Information below). Council has installed and maintains many raingardens and swales to assist in removing gross pollutants such as litter, coarse sediment and nutrients from stormwater which can lead to poor water quality and encourage algal growth in our waterways and Bay

  • Building and Works Code of Practice - Council employs an officer to monitor building sites for compliance with Council's Local Law and the Environment Protection Act 1970. All building sites are required to comply with all aspects of the Building and Works Code of Practice. Council provides education to those requiring assistance in achieving an acceptable standard of site management. Download your copy of the Building Works Code of Practice(PDF, 155KB) to read more.