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The mission of the Stormwater Division is to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the community by protecting and preserving our fragile and finite environment as we apply best management practices to the collection, treatment, and discharge of stormwater.



Drainage Maintenance

Cleaning and regrading drainage ditches within City right-of-way on an as needed basis. Cleaning and restoring of stormwater facilities (ponds) within City right-of-way. Weed control on City owned ponds, and ditches. Mowing of City ditches, right-of-way, and ponds. Inspection, maintenance and repair of the City storm drain system.

Street Sweeping

Sweeping of City streets and property is performed four (4) times per year totaling 2400 miles annually. Streets with heavy leaf litter are swept 5-6 times per year. Sweeping due to spills, unreported accidents and special events are done on an as-needed basis. 

The City of South Salt Lake is a member of the Storm Water Coalition.  Click HERE to visit their website which offers informative facts and tips. 


FAQ About Storm Water

Q: Is storm water treated?

A: NO. During a storm event, water runoff is carried by the City's storm drain, which drains to the Jordan River. Contaminated storm water receives no treatment because of the sheer volume of runoff. The cost of treating South Salt Lake City storm water would be so high that it would exceed available resources.

Q: Is there a difference between a storm sewer and sanitary sewer?

A: YES. The sanitary sewer and the storm sewer are two completely separate systems. The sewer system, or sanitary wastewater system, takes all household waste from toilets, showers and sinks, and routes it through your plumbing system into a water treatment facility. Once there, it receives 3 levels of filtration treatment before being discharged to waterways in the U.S. The storm water system, on the other hand, was intended to route rainwater off the streets during a heavy storm, but unfortunately takes all urban runoff with it. Chemicals, trash and debris from lawns, parking lots and streets, either intentionally or accidentally spilled, goes straight into storm water drainage, which eventually ends up in the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake.

Q: What are the effects of storm water pollution?

A: Health: Storm water pollution can pose a serious health risk to people due to pesticides, bacteria, and chemicals that are washed from our city streets, parking lots, and drainages.

Q: Environment: Plants and animals living along the storm water routes may become sick or die from contact with storm water pollution.

A: Neighborhoods: Clogged catch basins significantly decrease the quality of life in many neighborhoods throughout Salt Lake County. These "nests" of trash and debris can attract rats and cockroaches, create foul odors, and clog the storm drain system affecting neighborhood aesthetics and property values, and may cause local flooding.


BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMP's) - The proper handling, storage, and disposal of toxic materials to prevent storm water pollution.

CATCH BASINS - Curbside opening that collects rainwater from streets and serves as an entry point to the storm drain system.

FLOOD CONTROL CHANNEL - The open portion (often concrete-lined) of the storm drain system.

GUTTER - The edge of a street (below the curb) designed to drain water runoff from streets, driveways and parking lots into catch basins.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE - Common everyday products that people use in and around their homes including paint, paint thinner, herbicides, and pesticides that due to their chemical nature, can be hazardous if not properly disposed.

ILLEGAL DISCHARGE - Any disposal into the storm drain system for which a person or business does not have a permit.

ILLICIT CONNECTION - Any connection to the storm drain system that is not permitted: or any legitimate connection that is used for illegal discharge.

NON-POINT SOURCE POLLUTION - Pollution that does not come from a single, identifiable source. Includes materials that wash from roofs, streets, yards, driveways, sidewalks and other land areas. Collectively, this is the largest source of storm water pollution.

OUTFALL - A flow of water from one drainage system into a larger system, or into a body of water like a wash bay or lake.

POINT SOURCE POLLUTION - Pollution from a single identifiable source such as a factory or a sewage-treatment plant. Most of this pollution is highly regulated at the state and local levels.

SOURCE CONTROL- Action to prevent pollution where it originates.

STORM DRAIN SYSTEM - A vast network of underground pipes and open channels designed for flood control.

STORM WATER - Rainwater and/or snow melt that enters the storm drain system and empties into lakes, rivers, streams.

STORM WATER POLLUTION - Water from rain, irrigation, garden hoses or other activities that picks up pollutants (cigarette butts, trash, automotive fluids, used oil, paint, fertilizers and pesticides, lawn and garden clippings and pet waste) from streets, parking lots, driveways and yards and carries them through the storm drain system.

WATERSHED - Land that collects and drains into a river system or lake. Salt Lake County's watershed includes the Wasatch Range, Salt Lake Valley, and a network of waterways. The mountains capture rain and snow which give birth to the streams and rivers that water the valley. These waterways drain into the Jordan River, which in turn empties into the Great Salt Lake.  WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM!