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.
Call the Stormwater Hotline to report any type of pollution. Call 911 for hazardous material spills. Do not clean up the material if it is unsafe to do so. Staff at the hotline can direct you to the appropriate agency to help with non-stormwater pollution.
STORMWATER HOTLINE (801) 412-3245
Street sweeping is a preventative practice to help minimize debris from entering the catch basins. The City is divided into 5 street sweeping areas with approximately 12 lane miles in each area.
City streets will be swept up to 5 times per year.
Grates are cleaned on an as needed basis during or before rain events, or when the Division Manager is made aware of an issue.
Stormwater Piping/Catch Basins
Cleaning is needed to ensure proper functionality of the stormwater system. The system will be inspected one sweeper area annually to see the need for cleaning of the pipes and catch basins.
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 stormwater treated?
A: NO. During a storm event, water runoff is carried by the City's storm drain, which drains to the Jordan River. Contaminated stormwater 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 the stormwater system and the sanitary sewer system?
A: YES. The sanitary sewer system and the stormwater system 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. The stormwater 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 stormwater pollution?
A: Health: Stormwater 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.
A: Environment: Plants and animals living along the waterways where stormwater discharges may become sick or die from contact with stormwater 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.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Suplemental Guide for Contractors and Developers (Appendix A)
- SWPPP Template
- Common Plan SWPPP Template
- NOI Form
- NOT Form
- Transfer of Ownership Form
- Erosivity Waiver Certification
- Hydrologic Methods and Design Standard
- Construction General Permit
- Common Plan Permit
Best Management Practices (BMP) Fact Steets
For BMP Fact Sheets, Please contact the South Salt Lake Storm Water Division @ 801-483-6045
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Environmental Health (Click Here)
788 East Woodoak Lane
Murray, Utah 84107 STORM WATER TERMS
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!