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Street Department (208) 642-6044 or (208) 642-6024 

Storm Drains
 
Storm water drainage is often overlooked due to the non-visible
elements of the Public Works infrastructure.
It is important to dispose of materials in a responsible way, as storm drains discharge directly to creeks and other natural waterways! 
 

The storm sewer system is designed to carry rainfall and snow melt, which may otherwise become problematic. As water travels over driveways, streets, lawns, and sidewalks it picks up debris, chemicals and other pollutants before washing into storm drains.
By practicing good household habits, we can keep our waterways clean for fishing, swimming, and drinking water!
You can help protect our environment by following some of the tips below:


•Use a commercial car wash to prevent soap and chemicals from entering the storm drain.

•Check your vehicles for oil leaks and use an absorbent material (kitty litter, sand, floor-dri) to clean up spills as opposed to rinsing them into the streets.

•Recycle used oil and other chemicals. Do not dump into the drains.

•Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Take care to avoid application when rain is forecasted.

•Sweep up yard debris instead of hosing down the area.

•Add plants to bare spots in your yard to prevent erosion and water run off.

•Clean items used for painting in a sink, not outdoors.

•Properly dispose of paints, and other chemicals

•Clean up after your pet. Animal waste can introduce harmful
bacteria to our waterways.

•Drain your swimming pool when a test kit does not indicate chlorine is present.


Remember… When it rains, it drains!

Storm Sewer Maintenance Program
 
  • The storm sewer system is checked and cleaned periodically.
  • Crews clean and inspect storm sewer openings which include; manholes, catch basins, drip inlets, and pipes.