Storm Drains and Inlets
Inlets, commonly known as storm sewers or storm drains, channel rain water away from the streets and into the stormwater system. It is important to keep inlets free from leaves, branches and lawn clippings. When this debris clogs storm drains, it prevents the passage of water into the stormwater system and results in street flooding and ponding.
Residents can help by removing any debris that may be blocking the drains to keep water moving freely into the stormwater system and out of the streets. The collected debris can be placed out for collection by Waste Management on Wednesdays (Yard Waste Collection day).
Only rain belongs in a storm drain. That's because storm drains lead directly to our streams and creeks which feed our rivers and the ocean. So any oil, pet waste, leaves, trash, fertilizer or dirty water from washing your car that goes down a storm drain gets into our waterways and pollutes the water. We all need to be aware of what goes down our storm drains.
You can help by sweeping fertilizer off of driveways and sidewalks and back onto your lawn to keep these chemicals from washing into the storm drain. Never sweep leaves or grass clippings into the street where they become runoff and clog a storm drain. Place them in a bag or trash container and put them out for collection on Yard Waste collection day. Do not dump motor oil, chemicals, pet waste, pool backwash, soapy water, cigarette butts or anything else down the storm drain. Remember, only rain down the drain!