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Stormwater and Waterways

Being located on the banks of the beautiful River Derwent, water is an integral part of the cultural and physical Hobart. From the mountain water supply catchment to the Derwent Estuary boating community, the presence of Hobart's water is felt by all who visit and those of us lucky enough to live here .

The City of Hobart owns over 339 kilometres of stormwater mains, more than 550 other forms of stormwater assets (including kerb and gutters and dish drains) as well as rivulets and creeks that run for over 60 kilometres in length. The City not only maintains the existing drainage infrastructure by cleaning and repairing our pipes, pits and drains, but also by upgrading or replacing them as necessary.

A map of the City’s stormwater infrastructure is available here.

Hobart is a city which is more than 200 years old and the installation of stormwater infrastructure has only been a relatively recent consideration. As such, many parts of Hobart either lack or have inadequate infrastructure. This deficiency in stormwater infrastructure can lead to properties and roads being subject to inundation or water-related nuisances.

Many properties discharge stormwater from roofs onto the ground or into sewer pipes. This may cause problems for neighbouring properties and the sewer network.

Stormwater entering the sewer network may result in some sewer systems not having adequate capacity during wet weather. This causes sewer overflows onto roads and private properties during heavy rainfall.

Where properties discharge onto the ground, downhill properties can be inundated or the land is subject to ongoing soakage.

In addition there is an increasing public awareness of the natural values of waterways and that they should not be contaminated by humans' activity. As such any new or existing developments need to be reviewed to take into account the health of waterways and the River Derwent.

The Council acknowledges these issues and has identified the need for a Stormwater Strategy. This Strategy has been based on key stormwater-related activities and seeks to provide high level guidance and communication to and from the more focused and detailed management plans, including the Master Drainage Schemes, Catchment Management Plans and Asset Management Plans.

Since 1 July 2009, TasWater operates as the water and wastewater service provider for all of Tasmania. To report any faults or emergencies or if you have any general queries relating to water and sewerage systems, please contact TasWater on 13MYWATER (13 69 92) or enquiries@taswater.com.au 

Dial Before You Dig is a referral service for information on locating underground utilites anywhere in Australia.  Hobart City Council's stormwater and waterways assets are now available via the notification service provided through the 1100 Dial Before You Dig service.  No matter the size of your project - landscaping in your backyard or heavy work such as directional boring or directional drilling - for notification of any service for a particular location, contact Dial Before You Dig at www.1100.com.au or on 1100 during business hours.

Customer Service Centre

16 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8.15am–5.15pm
Telephone (03) 6238 2711
Email coh@hobartcity.com.au

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001