Grove City Storm Water Management

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II is a federally mandated program Grove City has been involved in since 2003. Municipalities involved in this program must designate part of their services to help protect water quality by regulating storm water discharge from a variety of sources. This includes public education, public involvement, the elimination of illicit discharges, construction site storm water runoff, post-construction storm water management and pollution prevention.

Storm water runoff flows directly to our streams and rivers without any filtration or treatment. This causes pollutants to wash into the storm sewers and drains. Pesticides and nutrients from lawns and gardens; oil, grease and toxic chemicals, litter, debris, sediment and pet waste are all forms of pollution.

Polluted storm water can lead to destruction of wildlife habitat, loss of aesthetic value, impaired recreation areas and contaminated water resources. If you have questions regarding this program or would like to report a storm water problem, you can e-mail the Grove City Service Department or contact them by phone at 614-277-1100.


The Grove City Stormwater Management Plan is designed to protect water quality by preventing pollutants from mixing with storm water runoff and flowing into the City’s storm sewer system. A brief presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Residents, businesses and developers are encouraged to attend.

Download the Grove City Stormwater Management Plan.

Download the Grove City Stormwater Design Manual

If you have feedback regarding the plan, please send your comments via email to the Grove City Service Department or mail to 4035 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a stream, wetland, river, lake, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged unfiltered and untreated into water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and for drinking water.

Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water. It is illegal to discharge or dump litter, grass clippings, yard waste, pet waste, car wash fluid, septic tank waste matter, automotive and household hazardous waste into a storm drain or ditch.

Anything thrown or washed into a storm drain goes directly to a stream or river exactly the way it was when it was tossed in. Help protect Ohio’s water resources.

Be sure not to dump paper, wrappers, cigarette butts, or other small items on the ground. These can be carried by storm water straight into rivers and lakes.
While washing your car yourself may save a bit of money, the soaps and wax you use is washed down the storm drain and into the streams and rivers. Car washes dispose of the waste water and pollutants properly.
By ensuring that your car is in good condition, you will reduce the possibility of leaking fluids that are potential pollutants.
Pet waste is a major contributor of dangerous bacteria that can lead to harmful algae and plant growth in streams and rivers. Pick up pet waste and dispose by flushing it. This ensures proper treatment by the local treatment center.
Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, in the recommended amounts and not in areas adjacent to streams or creeks. Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain; otherwise, chemicals will be washed into your local stream. Sweep up yard debris, rather than hosing down the drain. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible. Don’t over water your lawn or let water run off into the storm drain.
Paint, car fluids, solvents, and batteries should never be poured down the drain
Do your part to protect our water by keeping leaves and grass out of the street where they can clog storm drains and feed algae. Remove trash, grass clippings and leaves that clog drains before they wash away.