Storm Water Management Plan
Remember that Storm Drains Connect to Bodies of Water!
In March 2003, the City of Goodyear submitted a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in accordance with regulatory requirements. The SWMP outlines the City's program to develop, implement, and enforce a storm water management program designed to reduce the discharges of pollutants to protect quality water.
Storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks. As it flows, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or reservoir. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing, and even providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water.
Improvement to storm water quality can be made through implementing management practices to control potential sources of pollution along with raising public awareness on proper use and disposal of products such as motor oil, antifreeze, and pesticides.The City's storm sewer system is completely separate from the sanitary sewer system, which is designed to capture and treat wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other sources. The purpose of this collection system is to protect against flooding and water damage.
What Can You Do!
Storm water contamination occurs when chemicals, debris, and waste enter the storm sewer system. These materials can enter into the system through:
- The illegal dumping of products or waste into the storm sewer system and/or curb and gutter.
- The over application of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
- The leaking of fluids from motor vehicles.
Once these hazardous materials enter the storm sewer system, they drain to our rivers where they can:
- Harm fish and wildlife.
- Promote weed growth.
- Create stagnant pools that breed disease-carrying pests.
- Inhibit the natural beauty and safety of our outdoor recreation sites.
You can help to protect the City's storm sewer system by:
- Picking up any spills of automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, or other materials on your property immediately so they do not reach the curb and gutter.
- Use only the amount of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that is necessary to do the job.
- Dispose of empty containers of automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, or other materials properly by enclosing them in a plastic bag before putting them in the trash.
- Bring household hazardous waste to one of the City's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days.