Stormwater Management Tips from Department of Water Management

Even though it is still winter, certain weather conditions can lead to flooding. No longer just a problem in spring, the Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to assist in reducing water from reaching the sewer system.

Community-wide efforts can greatly decrease the impact of neighborhood flooding and the extent of basement backups.  Some tips include:

• Do not dump fats/oils/greases in private drains or public catch basins.
• Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.
• Disconnect downspout connections from the sewer system. Make sure to direct flow to areas with permeable surfaces that can properly absorb the stormwater, or use rain barrels to collect the rain directly from the downspouts.
• Install rain gardens, green landscaping, or stormwater trees in your yard to help retain rainwater.
• Resurface driveways, parking pads, or patios with permeable pavement.

Additional information can be found here.