Storm Water Utility
Why a Storm Water Utility
The Utility was formed in response to growing drainage problems stemming from increasing levels of development within the City. These problems have had a direct effect on the City's storm water drainage system and have demonstrated the need for proper planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the existing and future contributing storm water drainage systems. Further, as the City has grown, these effects have resulted in increased demands on the City's limited resources (personnel and capital).
In response to the need to finance the storm water operation, the city legislation created a storm water utility. This department shall provide for the labor, equipment, and materials to maintain all city drainage tile and structures, natural waterways, retention and detention basins, control structures, and open ditches.
Remember: Only Rain Down the Drain!
If I see someone putting leaves, grass clippings or other foreign materials down a storm drain or into the street, what do I do? Please call the Street/Storm Water Department at 614-322-5800. There is a city ordinance against this action.
Cigarette Butts Are Litter Too!
Fact - Cigarette butts are not biodegradable. They can take over 15 years to break down while releasing their toxic chemicals. Rainwater carries cigarette butts from sidewalks and streets into our storm sewer system and waterways.
Latex and water-based paints are water soluble and are not considered hazardous. Paint hardeners, cat litter or sawdust may be added to left over latex paint in order to solidify the unused product. The lid may also be left off to speed up the drying process. Once dried it may be disposed of with your regular trash.
Report Illegal Discharge of Pollutants
To report illegal discharge of pollutants after hours and weekends please call the non-emergency Police Department line at 614-866-6622.