Waterway Monitoring

Manningham Council carries out water quality testing in creeks and streams throughout the municipality to determine pollution levels and implement strategies to improve their condition.

For more information, please call Council's City Strategy Team on 9840 9333.

Flooding and Overflows

Flash flooding after intense rain can occasionally cause drains to become blocked and overflow. Council provides an after-hours emergency call-out and response service.

If you need help, or want to alert Council to a flood or drainage issue, please call 9840 9333 (24 hour service).

When severe flooding occurs, the State Emergency Service (SES) also provides assistance to residents. For emergency assistance please call the SES on 132 500.

For a leaking or burst water main, please call Yarra Valley Water on 132 762.

When reporting an issue, please provide the following information:

  • The precise location and nature of the problem
  • The street name, suburb and closest house number, or the name and address of a particular reserve
  • Does the flooding pose an immediate hazard?
  • If your property is flooded, what has been affected, i.e. garden beds, garage/carport, or inside your house
  • Is the flood blocking a road or footpath?
  • Your name, address and phone number.

Flood Prevention

  • Council is responsible for easement drains and road drainage on local roads
  • Vic Roads is responsible for drainage on main roads
  • Yarra Valley Water is responsible for local water mains
  • Melbourne Water manages the large stormwater drains

Council’s Responsibilities

Council's responsibilities are to:

  • Undertake capital improvements to the Council drainage system to improve the level of protection of habitable floors within the City
  • Better understand flood risks by undertaking flood mapping for local catchments and incorporating this information into the Manningham Planning Scheme
  • Maintain open drains and drainage pits on local roads
  • Clean and maintain road drainage pits and drainage pipes
  • Clear drains in flood prone areas more frequently
  • Street sweeping to collect debris that could block drainage systems
  • Clear gross pollutant traps downstream of shopping centre areas to trap and collect litter
  • Undertake  maintenance checks on underground drainage systems
  • Manage statutory planning schemes and local floodplain management plans

Your Responsibilities

It is important to clean leaves and litter from drains and gutters to avoid blockages that can cause flooding and overflows.

Land owners are also responsible for:

  • Maintaining house drain connections to Council drains
  • Maintaining vehicle crossing culverts in peri urban areas
  • Septic systems
  • Stormwater run-off from the property
  • Avoiding home and property improvements that may result in flooding risks
  • Gully traps, drains and gutters
  • Groundwater and seepage on the property

For more information about your role in flood prevention, please refer to Melbourne Water.

To find out what to do if flooding is likely; please view our Emergency Management plan.