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WATER QUALITY IN LAKE ILLAWARRA - DRAINS SHAME FILE

The Aim of Lake Illawarra Authority is to improve the water quality of Lake Illawarra
to a standard that protects recreational and environmental values.
The quality of the water is what makes Lake Illawarra valuable to the community.

The water quality in Lake Illawarra is a major problem, with 191 drains entering Lake Illawarra. 115 are major drains as well as 15 sever pump stations and overflows around the edge of the lake. It is the responsibility of the Lake Illawarra Authority to install, maintain and monitor these drains.

Save Lake Illawarra Action Group has also been monitoring drains around the foreshore of Lake Illawarra over the past four years. We have reported to the LIA when we have found a maintenance problem. It appears the the LIA don't want any HELP.

As water quality is the most important single issue for the health of Lake Illawarra, we would like to ask you to inform Save Lake Illawarra Action Group of any problems you notice, so it can go into our LAKE ILLAWARRA AUTHORITY SHAME FILE.

King Street near the LIA work Depot

Northcliffe Drive Kully Bay wetland and drain. This shows a broken weir that allows salt water to flow into the freshwater retention pond. This causes the reeds to die. These reeds take the nitrates and phosphates from the drain water. This in turn stops algae growth in Lake Illawarra. It has been four years since we reported the broken weir and it is still not fixed.

Northcliffe Drive Boatharbour wetland has the same problem as Northcliffe Drive Kully Bay and is still not fixed after four years

These are the drains that run into the swimming lagoon at Reddal Reserve Lake Illawarra. The pollution readings indicate that this will be a ongoing problem until a permanent entrance to Lake Illawarra is completed and the causeway has a opening to allow more water flow.

This drain was reported to Save Lake Illawarra Action Group by Windang Neighbourhood committee 10. The drain is at Windang football field in Boronia Avenue. This drain has a Sewer Pumping Station overflow running into it. If a child fell into this polluted drain, who knows the outcome.

This drain at Reddall Parade / Pelican View Reserve has now been emptied. Hurray.!!!!!

It only took 6 Months...

If you know of another drain or other problem with Lake Illawarra that needs attention you can alert the:

Lake Illawarra Authority
email: pam.outtrim@dipnr.nsw.gov.au

and Shellharbour Council
Office hours 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Phone (02) 4221 6111

IF YOU DON'T GET A RESPONSE AND THE PROBLEM IS NOT FIXED, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

email: info@savelakeillawarra.org.au