This department operates and maintains the city’s storm sewer system, including:
- Catch basins
- Inspection and repair of storm sewer pipes
- Manholes and drainage ponds
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements
- Surface water related activities
Storm water runoff is water from rain or snowmelt that drains from all of our properties. This runoff picks up seemingly negligible amounts of chemicals, sediment, debris, and other pollutants and deposits them into the City's municipal storm sewer system. The City's Public Works Department operates and maintains the separate storm sewer system which consists of the catch basins you see in the street, underground pipes, and detention ponds.
Unlike sanitary wastewater, not all of the storm water entering the City's storm sewer system is treated before it is discharged into the bodies of water used for swimming, fishing, and drinking water. The ramifications of having high levels of pollutants in the water include beach closings, endangered wildlife, polluted drinking water and environmental degradation.
Surface Water Management Plan