The storm sewer system carries rainfall and other surface run-off from parking lots, roads and private properties (including foundation drains, sump pumps and downspouts) directly and untreated to creeks and ditches.
The following private property items should be connected to the City’s storm sewer system or away from the home:
- Foundation drain
- Sump pump
- Downspout leader
- Storm connection
In circumstances of excessive rainfall, it is possible for public infrastructure to exceed capacity, resulting in flooded streets, yards and buildings.
The storm sewer system carries untreated run-off water straight to the river with everything in it discharged directly into our waterways. Items such as:
- Grass clippings
- Oil or antifreeze from a leaky car
- Pet waste and litter
- Household cleaners dumped on the ground can find their way into the river.