Advice & assistance
The EPA is responsible for the control of water pollution through the Environment Protection Act 1993 (EP Act). It provides the regulatory framework to protect the South Australian environment and is supported through subordinate legislation and regulatory tools including the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015 (Water Quality Policy).
The EP Act places a general obligation on you to take all reasonable and practicable measures to minimise environmental harm caused by pollution and promotes ecologically sustainable development.
The Water Quality Policy has general obligations which every person, business and industry must comply with as well as specific obligations for particular activities.
Clauses 10 and 11 of the Water Quality Policy states that a person must not discharge pollutants listed in Schedules 2 and 3 of the Policy into any waters. Furthermore, those pollutants known as Class 1 and listed in Schedule 2 must not be deposited onto land where they are likely to enter waters.
The definition of waters includes the stormwater systems, groundwater, surface water and marine. This means that listed pollutants cannot be placed in a water system or on land where they may enter the water body or the stormwater system.
Failure to comply with these obligations may result in a $300 fine, an environment protection order or a prosecution.