Water pollution fines have increased. As a builder, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the law, regulations, and fines that may affect you throughout the duration of your construction project. The minimum fines for Pollution of Waters (breach of S.120) of the POEO Act have now increased significantly. Taking the proper precautions to avoid yourself or your company getting heavily fined, extremely beneficial and can save you a lot of money in the long run.
If you were unaware of the fines in the past, essentially if you don’t take the proper steps and implement a sediment control plan on your construction site, you will get heavily fined, especially now that the fines have now increased. These new fines mean businesses are even more exposed and show that protecting the environment has never been more important. Luckily, there are many simple and fast ways to avoid getting fined by the government such as silt fencing.
Silt fencing is a popular option when it comes to sediment control due to it’s efficiency, fast installation, and affordable price. There are a few different types of silt fencing on the market, we personally recommend Hi-Vis and Printed Silt Fence to really get the most out of your money. You can read more about the Benefits of Printed Silt Fencing here.
This photo is a perfect example of low and high risk silt fencing.
The top fence is a good example of a strong silt fence professionally installed which will drastically reduce the chances of being fined.
The bottom fence has been installed poorly. It has failed and caused pollution with the risk of an $8,000 fine likely.
Greenaway Sediment Control has worked on more than 20,000 sites over the past 17 years. We offer a supply and install silt fence service and have several crews on the road each day. From one off projects to emergency repairs, we have the knowledge and skills to offer a silt fence service second to none.
The new water pollution fines came into effect late last year and vary in cost depending on whether a Council/Shire issues them or, alternatively, the EPA issues them. They also vary depending on whether they are issued to an individual or a corporation/company/business.
Water Pollution Fines issued by Councils/Shires are now:
Water Pollution Fines issued by EPA and other State Govt Depts are now:
How To Avoid Getting Fined for Water Pollution
With the new increases in the cost of water pollution fines, it’s worth the time and effort for your business to look into and implement sediment control into your construction plans.
Getting your silt fence installed is as simple as contacting a silt fence installation company and sending your purchase order and sediment control plan. It’s a very speedy process and can be done in nearly no time at all. For more information on silt fencing, different services, or to request a free quote, you can contact Greenaway Sediment Control at 02 4577 8858 or 0414 691 276 or email email@example.com.
You can view the full legislation here.