How I can help the River

Whether it’s around your home or in your local community, here are some ideas and suggestions of ways you can help protect the Parramatta River and the creeks that flow into it.

Inside your home

Never put the following household materials down the sink:

  • Food
  • Paint
  • Rubbish
  • Oils
  • Chemicals

Don’t ever flush wet wipes down the toilet. They block pipes and cause sewage to overflow into the river.

Outside your home

The stormwater drain is just for rain! Prevent harmful materials from washing into our rivers.

  • Put litter in the bin
  • Pick up pet waste
  • Take reusable bags to the shops
  • Put grass clippings in the compost or green bin
  • Wash your car on the grass or at a car wash
  • Never tip paints, oils or other chemicals into the stormwater drain – contact your local council for disposal
  • Clean paintbrushes in the garden
  • Minimise the use of pesticides and herbicides
  • Protect vegetation growing along your creek or river – it helps to clean the water.

Build a raingarden and install a rainwater tank

Raingardens are an attractive, low maintenance and self-watering garden that help to filter stormwater before it enters our rivers and creeks. Ask your council where your closest street raingarden is to see what they look like and how they work.

Get the Site Right

Are you building or renovating? Soil erosion and sediment control is an essential part of any building construction or renovation. It is important that you or your builder has a comprehensive soil erosion and sediment control plan in place before building begins. Check with your builder or call your local council for more information on the requirements for your site.

Learn more about the Get the Site Right education and compliance campaign.

Become a Riverkeeper volunteer

Have fun while helping to clean up the river. Sign up to become a Riverkeeper.

Report pollution and environmental incidents

Call 131 555 (NSW only) or +61 2 9995 5555, or contact your local council to report leaks, spills and other pollution incidents that can harm the environment.

Report littering from vehicles using the EPA Litter App.