Stormwater / Drainage Division
THE PRIMARY FUNCTIONS
of the Stormwater/Drainage Division are:
- To protect our creeks and bays from pollutants, such as pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, paint and automobile by-products that hurt our water quality.
- Inform our residential and commercial residents of the importance of stormwater pollution control and best management practices.
- Organize annual public participation events to promote stormwater awareness through youth groups, church organizations or other.
- Strive to minimize the impact of potential flood events
- Regulate and annually inspect detention ponds throughout the City of Webster
- Plan review of construction/development plans related to drainage compliance.
Stormwater best practices brochures can be picked up at the Public Works Service Center at
855 Magnolia Avenue or download the following .pdf files:
- Storm Drains: Information Brochure (PDF)
- Keep Fats, Oils & Grease Out of Your Drain (PDF)
- Fats, Oils, Oils & Grease: Prevent Sewer Backups and Spills (PDF)
- Where Does Pollution in Our Creeks and Bays Come From? (PDF)
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STORM DRAIN:
Did you know that if you protect your storm drain, you are protecting your property, your neighborhood and the environment? Storm drains are for rainwater only. The main purpose is to help water quickly flow away from your home during heavy rainfall. If we litter our neighborhood storm drains with food wrappers, yard waste or construction debris, we are hurting our communities by increasing our chances of flooding. Other pollutants, such as pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, paint and automobile by-products hurt our water quality since the water that flows into the storm drains is not treated. It goes directly to our sources and ultimately, Galveston Bay.
TIPS TO PREVENT STORM WATER POLLUTION
- Pick up litter and remind others not to litter in your neighborhood.
- Don’t sweep grass clippings into the street; compost your yard waste.
- Recycle your used oil and antifreeze to your local recycling centers.
- Wash your car on the lawn, where suds can absorb into the soil (better to use commercial car washes whenever possible).
- Do not apply fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides before an expected rain. The chemicals will be washed into the storm drains and creeks.
The most effective way to reduce storm water pollution is to stop it from entering the system in the first place. Together, we can make a difference to keep gutters, storm drains and waterways clean. It is illegal to dump chemicals, solid materials or other contaminants into storm drains. If you notice such activities, immediately call 281.316.3700.
Citizens can help by not placing debris next to the curb, driveway, or in the street, and clearing it away from storm drains if they begin to clog. However, stay safe and do not attempt to clear a catch basin if the street or intersection is flooded. To report clogged storm drains, please notify Public Works by emailing Jesse Espinoza, Stormwater Coordinator or call 281.316.3700.
*NOTICE: It is illegal to dump chemicals, solid materials or other contaminants into storm drains. If you notice such activities, immediately call City of Webster Public Works, at 281.316.3700