Storm Water Education & Awareness
Storm water is any precipitation from a storm event (rain, snow, sleet, and more). After the storm, the runoff remains. Storm water runoff is any precipitation that does not soak into the ground but instead runs off its surface. Non-porous or impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets block precipitation from soaking naturally into the ground. Storm water can carry and deposit chemicals and other harmful substances into surface-water bodies.
Storm Water Risk
When storm water is not managed properly, it can harm our environment causing:
- Increased risk of flooding
- Surface runoff
- Soil erosion
- Impair the water quality
Storm Water Details
For information regarding permits for contractors, builders, and developers, view the Storm Water Brochure (PDF).
How You Can Help Prevent Storm Water Pollution at Home & in Our Community
:Yard Waste entering storm drains or streams and other water sources, increases the risk of flooding and adds pollutants to the environment. Not only does yard waste cause blockages to the drainage system which can lead to localized flooding, it can also quickly "super-fertilize" streams and lakes and can lead to algae blooms and kill fish. Sweeping or blowing grass clippings, fallen leaves, or other yard waste into the street or down the storm drain can cause serious damage to the storm sewer system and to the water resources to which storm drains lead.
Solution: Leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste (depending on type) should be composted, left on your lawn, or dropped off at the compost area at City Hall.
:Pet waste left on streets, pavement, yards, driveways, or along the sides of the road does not magically disappear or fertilize the ground. Improperly disposed animals feces can be picked up by storm water runoff and carried into storm drains or nearby water sources. Storm drains do not connect to sanitary sewer systems and treatment facilities, so pet waste can be the cause of significant storm water pollution and present health risks to adults, children and other pets.
Solution: Throw your pet's waste in the trash. Carry disposable bags with you while you walk your pet and dispose of it in the trash when done. Hire a professional. Believe it or not, a number of professional pet waste disposal services exist in the North Central Texas area. These businesses will completely remove the waste from your yard and dispose of it themselves, for a fee. Check your local phone listings for more information. Tell others not to leave their pet's waste on the ground.
Issue 3:Car Washing For many, car washing is a spring and summertime ritual. Often, citizens do not know that by washing off all of the grime that accumulates on their vehicles, that they might actually be causing harm to our local waterways.
Solution: The best way to minimize the environmental effects of washing your car at home is to use a commercial car wash facility. Commercial car wash facilities are required to treat their wash water discharge before releasing it to the sanitary sewer system where the water is treated prior to release back into our water sources. Some facilities even recycle their wash water-reusing it several times before sending it to the sanitary sewer and water treatment facilities.