Water quality management from roadworks and their use is an essential environmental responsibility of Roads and Maritime Services and is incorporated in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the road network, as well as traffic management. Roads and Maritime Services works to improve water quality management by supporting research and development, promoting use of best management control measures in the construction, operation and maintenance of roads, and maintaining liaison with other agencies.
Roads and Maritime Services work in this area is governed by a Water Policy and a Code of Practice for Water Management.
Roads and Maritime Services Water policy
Roads and Maritime Services Water Policy identifies a set of objectives for the management of water issues related to planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance. Roads and Maritime Services 's Water Policy seeks to ensure that Roads and Maritime Services, its contractors and sub-contractors, consistently apply the most appropriate water management practices.
Roads and Maritime Services Water Policy objectives will be achieved by maintaining compliance with the environmental principles outlined in Roads and Maritime Services Code of Practice for Water Management - Road Development and Maintenance.
Roads and Maritime Services Code of Practice for Water Management
Roads and Maritime Services Code of Practice for Water Management - Road Development and Maintenance (WCoP) has been prepared to promote understanding of water management throughout Roads and Maritime Services. It provides water management principles for Roads and Maritime Services staff and contractors involved in activities that may impact on water flow patterns and water quality.
Roads and Maritime Services Guideline for Construction Water Quality Monitoring
Water quality monitoring is often recommended for road works to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements and to ensure that environmental degradation does not occur as a result of the works. Roads and Maritime Services encourages the implementation of monitoring where there is potential for adverse environmental impacts from the works and Project Management can effectively use the results of monitoring.
This guideline provides direction on the decision process for whether monitoring is required and the technical aspects of a monitoring program. This guideline should be used to develop any water quality monitoring programs undertaken in the environmental impact assessment phase of projects.
This guideline encourages the preparation of monitoring programs that effectively identify potential water pollution problems from roadworks, the cause of the problems, and provide mechanisms to manage any identified issues.
Panel for the Provision of Specialist Soil Conservation & Stormwater Management Services
A specialist Soil Conservation & Stormwater Management Services category has been included in the Roads and Maritime Services Registration Scheme for Construction Industry Contractors. Applications for registration have been publicly invited from suitably qualified organisations/individuals to provide specialist consultancy services to Roads and Maritime Services for identified high-risk projects. Successful applicants are listed on a pre-qualified panel for the provision of services to Roads and Maritime Services and its contractors.
Applications for Registration remain open. Enquiries may be referred to the Environmental Officer - Water and Contaminated Land on (02) 8858 5738.
Video: Erosion and Sediment Control Principles - examples from road construction
Erosion and sediment control is a critical environmental compliance risk to RMS on road construction sites, and currently accounts for more than one third of the serious environmental incidents.
To assist the industry to manage this issue, RMS has developed a short 20 minute awareness video that covers the key principles for effective erosion and sediment control. The video uses road construction sites to illustrate issues, although the principles are generic across most large linear construction activities.
For enquiries please contact the Manager, Environmental Performance Improvement on 8588 5765.