To help us improve and better understand the water quality in Darcy Road Drain at Port Kembla, the EPA is carrying out water sampling in the drain until June 2021. Sampling began in late 2020 after a member of the public identified elevated levels of some metals in water from the drain.
In addition, the EPA is requiring water quality studies be completed by the two licensed industrial premises that discharge into Darcy Road drain.
Once the full results of water quality studies by the EPA and the two industrial premises are completed, a better picture of water quality in Darcy Road Drain will be available. Actions to improve water quality can then be mapped out with the community in the second half of 2021.
Public access to Port Kembla Harbour is restricted, and in places prohibited. It is not generally used for recreation activities that involve a high level of contact with the water (eg swimming). Darcy Road drain is fenced from Foreshore Road to the point where it discharges into the Port Kembla Outer Harbour. Fishing is also restricted in Port Kembla. The EPA has informed NSW Ports, NSW Ports Authority, Wollongong Council and other stakeholders about the current community interest and the EPA’s investigations.
The EPA is involving the community in this sampling program and the results can be downloaded (XLXS 29KB).