EDUCATION & ACTION
Storm drains serve a very important purpose for stormwater management
. They collect rainwater that has fallen onto hard surfaces, such as roadways, driveways, parking lots and rooftops. They typically have a sump area that collects solids such as sediment, metals and trash, and overflow pipe(s) that then convey the stormwater to another location for treatment and/or release.
There are more than 5,000 storm drains in Lacey that are inspected and maintained by City staff. Maintenance typically includes pumping the solids out for disposal to prevent clogged pipes and localized flooding. The street sweeper that you have probably seen driving through Lacey’s streets also play an important role in preventing additional sediment, leaves, metals and trash from entering the stormwater system through the stormdrains. Though, with only one street sweeper for all the City streets, this can leave some areas without a clean sweep when there are higher priority areas ahead of them. There is good news though, you can help!
Rake a Drain
If you see minor flooding in your neighborhood due to a clogged storm drain, use a garden rake or shovel to remove the leaves or sediment built up and dispose of them with your compost or other trash.
Remember safety first! If you feel it is unsafe or flooding is severe, report this to the Public Works Maintenance Dispatch
Mark Storm Drains
Storm drain markers are applied to storm drains to remind Lacey residents that the water that flows into our storm drains, also known as stormwater, is the largest source of pollution into our lakes, creeks and Puget Sound. You should never dump anything down a storm drain, so remember that only rain goes down the storm drain. There are many other ways to prevent pollution from entering our waterways at home or in your community.
Though all new development is required to install storm drain markers on each storm drain, existing development relies strictly on volunteers to install storm drain markers. Nearly 3,000 storm drains have been marked by volunteers in our community!
If you have noticed that the storm drains in your Lacey neighborhood are unmarked, send an email to email@example.com to check out a storm drain marking kit with instructions. You install the markers on your own time, and can mark as many or as few as you’d like!