Stormwater Drains & LPOD

Stormwater drains are designed to manage excess rainwater and prevent flooding. They are essential to our urban infrastructure. However, they often go unnoticed until they malfunction, leading to issues like blockages and localised flooding.

Stormwater drains diagram

What is Stormwater and How is it Managed?

Stormwater is water from rain or storm events that flows off your house roof, paving, driveways, or other hard surfaces within your property to a stormwater drain. Stormwater is managed with gutters, downpipes, drains and rainwater tanks, which all work together to channel rainwater away from your property to your LPOD (Legal Point of Discharge).

What is LPOD & Who is Responsible for it?

A Legal Point of Discharge (LPOD) is the designated location where stormwater from your property is legally discharged into the council stormwater system. This is typically an underground drain or pit in the street or within a property easement. If an underground drain is not available, the stormwater is directed to the kerb and channel in the nearby street. Many homeowners are unaware they are responsible for constructing and maintaining all stormwater drainage systems, including those extending beyond their property boundary to the Council's stormwater system. In simple terms, the homeowner is responsible for the drain from your front fence, under the footpath and nature strip to the gutter.

Maintaining your Stormwater Drainage

Regular maintenance of stormwater drainage systems is important for preventing blockages and flooding. This includes ensuring downpipes and gutters are clear of debris, and regularly checking for blockages. If, after rainfall, you have water pooling near where your downpipes enter the stormwater drains or from a stormwater pit, then there is a high chance you have a blockage and you need to call your Expert Plumber.

Why use Expert Plumbing

At Expert Plumbing we are experienced in all aspects of stormwater drainage; from clearing a blockage to installing new stormwater drains. We can take the hassle and stress away as we are well versed with all the requirements regarding stormwater works. This includes familiarity with the local council processes, traffic management requirements, and obtaining the necessary permits and inspections for stormwater replacement or repairs. Our expertise ensures that your stormwater system functions efficiently, preventing potential flooding and damage.