Reporting water pollution
Water pollution can adversely affect the health and amenity of our waterways. It's important to report it and here's who you can contact.
Why pollution should be reported?
Pollution, whether in the form of litter, sewage, greywater, bilgewater, hull scrapings or chemicals, can adversely affect the health and amenity of our waterways.
If you see any pollution, we encourage you to promptly report it. This allows authorities to make a timely response and helps to minimise any damage to the environment too.
Prompt reporting also increases the chances of successful action against those responsible for the pollution.
Who should pollution be reported to?
If the pollution appears to be coming from a vessel on the water, it should be reported to Roads and Maritime by calling 13 12 56.
We ask that you record as many details as possible to help us with our investigation. For example, the vessel name, vessel registration number, the time and place of the incident and the type of pollution you see.
If the pollution appears to be coming from a marina or land-based facilities, or from a vessel ‘on the slips’, you’ll need to contact either the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or the local Council.
Most larger facilities require a licence from the EPA. First of all, you should check their public register of licenced premises at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/prpoeoapp/.
If the facilities are listed on the EPA public register, you can report the incident to the OEH pollution line on 13 15 55, providing as many relevant details as possible. This line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If the facilities are not listed on the EPA public register, they’re the responsibility of the local Council and you should report the incident to them.