Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. 

Stormwater drains directly into drainage ditches and ultimately to area streams, rivers, and lakes. The systems serves to carry rainwater off urban streets, parking lots, construction sites, neighborhoods, and agricultural lands. As the water runs off these surfaces, various pollutants including oils, dirt, pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer are carried into our storm drains.


How to keep stormwater runoff clean

  • Dispose of motor oil properly
  • Minimize the use of pesticides and fertilizers, follow directions carefully.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly. Use Waste Management's Household Hazardous Waste Curbside Pickup. To schedule a pick up call 1.800.449.7587 or email at . Please review the list of eligible materials on our Utility billing Household Hazardous Waste Disposal webpage.
  • Put litter, including cigarette butts and food containers in garbage cans.
  • Dispose of yard clippings properly.
  • Do not blow or sweep grass clippings into the drainage system.


For More Information
For more information on water quality and stormwater, see the links below:

Water Quality 


For additional information or questions regarding stormwater contact Quintin Carey at 972.874.6354 or email at .


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