Environmental Services administers the City’s Storm Water Management Program in compliance with the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) requirements. The goal of the program is to protect our waterways by preventing storm water pollution.
What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is a term used to describe water that originates during precipitation events.
Why is Stormwater Runoff a Problem?
Stormwater flows over rooftops, streets, driveways, and yards picking up pollutants along the way and depositing them into our storm drains. Contrary to what many people think, storm drains do not lead to wastewater treatment plants. That means that any pollutant in stormwater runoff gets carried directly into our creeks, rivers, and lakes without treatment. In addition to causing water pollution, pollutants in stormwater can clog culverts, which can lead to flooding.