Provo City Public Works – Storm Water (Special Service District)
Storm Water is a Section of the Public Services Division of the Provo City Public Works Department. Created as the Provo City Storm Water Special Service District in 1992, we operate and maintain the city’s storm drain system year-round to minimize flooding and pollution to our natural resources within Provo City, as well as in the Provo River and Utah Lake. Much of the city storm drain system has been converted from flood irrigation canals and pipes.
Our staff, which consists of engineers, technicians, and field maintenance personnel, focus on four main areas related to the storm drain system in Provo City. These areas of focus are: Storm Drain Operations and Maintenance, Private Development Review and Coordination, Water Quality and SWPPP Permitting and Capital Improvement Projects.
Storm Drain Operations and Maintenance
Provo City has over 680,000 feet of storm drain pipe throughout the city. During rain storms, runoff is collected by street inlets, conveyed through the storm drain lines, and eventually ends up in Provo River or Utah Lake.
The Provo City Storm Water Maintenance Team works to constantly improve and maintain existing storm drains, adding new storm drain improvements to problem areas each year. We also maintain several frontal canyon debris basins, storm water detention ponds, open channels, and portions of the Provo River.
Storm water is not cleaned in a treatment plant before it is released into the Provo River, Utah Lake, or returned to groundwater. Our maintenance crews ensure that the storm system is cleaned routinely and functions properly to minimize flooding and ensure that storm water in Provo does not become a pollutant to our natural resources.
It is illegal to put anything other than storm water into the storm drain. If you need to report illegal dumping into the storm drain, or if you know of a storm drain maintenance need, please contact the Provo City Customer Service Hotline by dialing 311 and our Storm Water team will be notified.
All new development and changes to existing infrastructure improvements need to follow the Provo City Public Works Department Development Guidelines. The Storm Water Engineering Team provides coordination and design review for private developments in conjunction with the other Provo City Departments and Divisions of Provo City Public Works. Other useful references for preparing an application for development in Provo City include: Storm Drain Master Plan, Erosion Control and Water Quality Manual, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Manual, and Storm Water Management Plan.
The Storm Water system in Provo City is a separate storm water collection and conveyance system and is not connected to the wastewater system in any way. Consequently, storm water is not cleaned in the treatment plant before it is released into the Provo River, Utah Lake or returned to groundwater. Provo City is responsible for ensuring compliance with storm water quality regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Utah State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Provo City has a Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit with the State of Utah which outlines Provo City’s responsibilities as it relates to the quality of storm water runoff within Provo City boundaries. This permit requires Provo City to adhere to many different requirements, including public outreach to citizens, training of employees, Storm Water inspections of construction sites, etc. To learn more about the MS4 permit please visit the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website. Consistent with our MS4 permit, each construction site that is over an acre or part of a common plan of development is required to have a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Along with a SWPPP, contractors must file a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the State of Utah prior to performing any construction activities that disturb existing conditions. For the state SWPPP template, where to apply for an NOI, or for more information on who qualifies for a common plan permit, please visit the DEQ’s website.
Our SWPPP inspectors perform inspections of construction sites monthly, unless site-specific details require more frequent inspections. Provo City uses the website compliancego.com to track and share inspections reports and for contractors to post their SWPPP and inspection reports.
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