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Fruit Heights City would like to know what Residents know about the City's Stormwater system? Please take this short survey and drop it off at the City Offices.  

All water that leaves your property enters the storm drain system.  Stormwater is rain and snow melt that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. Stormwater carries sediment, oil, grease, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other pollutants into storm drains and then, untreated, into nearby waterbodies. Because most stormwater drainage systems provide no treatment, preventing contamination of stormwater is crucial to ensure that pollutants do not enter waterways. Improperly managed stormwater runoff is also a leading cause of flooding, which can lead to property damage, cause road safety hazards, and clog catch basins and culverts with sediment and debris.  Here are some important reminders to ensure that our water is protected:

  • Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly. Excess can get washed out to the gutter and into the storm drain system.
  • Make sure that grass clippings and leaves are properly disposed of. These easily clog storm drain systems and don’t allow them to function properly.
  • Landscape materials that are delivered to your home should never be placed in the street or on the sidewalk. Have dirt, gravel, mulch, etc. delivered on your property and make sure that you sweep the excess and dispose of it properly.
  • Never allow liquids such as motor oil, gasoline, paint, or other harmful items to be washed down the storm drain system. Always use proper disposal practices.

Stormwater Emergency Hotline

Please report spills related to Stormwater protection to the Stormwater Emergency Hotline at 801-927-7039.

Stormwater Management Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Stormwater Phase II Rule on December 8, 1999. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality acts as the administrator of the program for the EPA in the State of Utah. To comply with the requirements of the Phase II Rule, municipalities must obtain an “Authorization to Discharge Municipal Stormwater Under the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES)” from the State of Utah.

The Storm Water Phase II Rule requires municipalities in urbanized areas to develop and
implement a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The SWMP is the most substantial part of the UPDES Permit.

The SWMP must address six minimum control measures:

  1. Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts
  2. Public involvement/participation
  3. Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  4. Construction site stormwater runoff control
  5. Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
  6. Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations

Municipalities must develop best management practices (BMPs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to address the requirements of each of these six minimum control measures. They must also establish measurable goals for the BMPs. Municipalities must conduct a review of the effectiveness of the SWMP, and submit a corresponding report to the State annually. The SWMP must be updated every five years.

Download the 2010 Stormwater Management Plan.

Download the Stormwater Ordinance

Download the Stormwater Permit

For additional information visit Davis County Stormwater Coalition