Stormwater runoff has the potential to carry sediments, nutrients and other contaminants, such as oils, greases and heavy metals into the surrounding environment. A variety of urban sensitive stormwater design principles and stormwater treatment systems are used at the port to ensure that the impacts of stormwater runoff on the receiving environment is minimised.
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) monitors the condition of the port's stormwater to assess the effectiveness of control measures and the quality of waters discharged into the environment.
PBPL implements a program that monitors the chemical and physical characteristics of the port's groundwater.
This monitoring can assist in identifying any activities at the port which may have caused an impact on local groundwater (e.g. leaks or spills).
Potable Water Conservation
Although PBPL is not a large consumer of potable water, we operate under a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) that endeavours to reduce consumption of this valuable resource. We have reduced consumption by 75% over recent years by incorporating water saving initiatives like using rainwater for toilet flushing and optimising alternative water sources (e.g. rainwater, recycled water and marine water) in construction and irrigation.