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
The Public Service Department routinely maintains current infrastructure with street sweeping, inlet debris removal, culvert obstruction cleaning, root treating, televising, field inspections and rehabilitation projects. In circumstances of excessive rainfall, it is possible for public infrastructure to exceed capacity, resulting in flooded streets, yards and buildings.
Important Note: Unlike the sanitary sewer system carrying water from drains in homes to the wastewater treatment plant, the storm sewer system carries untreated run-off water straight to the river. Everything that goes into a storm drain is discharged directly into our waterways. This means grass clippings, oil or antifreeze from a leaky car, pet waste, litter and household cleaners dumped on the ground can find their way into the river. In addition to potentially obstructing the drains, these pollutants have profound harmful effects on water quality, wildlife and drinking water.