Whitehorse City Council

Drainage

Council oversees an extensive stormwater network that comprises 824 kilometres of underground pipes, 12 gross pollutant traps and 38 litter baskets. The replacement value of the drainage infrastructure is $160 million.

Stormwater is the water that runs off surfaces such as roads, driveways, footpaths and rooftops. It travels down gutters and kerb and channel into pits and enters the stormwater network.

The existing drainage infrastructure needs to be maintained by cleaning, repairing and upgrading or replacing existing drains. Counciil's City Works Department inspects all road pits annually and determines program cleaning requirements. Where there is no drainage, Council will consider ways of providing appropriate drainage systems including carrying out a drainage scheme where residents contribute towards the cost of the work.

Each month, Council inspects nine retarding basins.