The Storm Water Utility is an integral division that focuses on reducing flooding and pollution. In pursuit of these goals, the City purchased a Vacuum Truck to clear clogging materials and pollutants from drainage structures.
Storm Water & Pollution
Storm Water runoff is a major source of pollution. It contains high levels of sediments, suspended soils, nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), heavy metals, pathogens, toxins, oxygen-demanding substances (organic material) and floatable pollutants that might negatively impact water quality standards. The threat posed by these pollutants can impair recreational activities such as fishing and swimming. They can also have devastating effects on aquatic species.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instituted the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in an effort to control the level of pollutant loads to surface waters. This division constructs, maintains and retrofits drainage structures and storm sewers according to Best Management Practices (BMPs) to comply with the NPDES standards for storm water discharges. For more information please call the Operations Center at 305-948-2936 or 305-948-3900.