Water is a vital natural resource, and the ways we protect and allocate this priceless resource are more important than ever. Dallas understands the need to conserve water, reduce pollution, and protect our water treatment and flooding infrastructure to protect our citizens and the vitality of the community.
When we think of water, we think of the water that comes out of the facet and the rain that falls from the sky. Rainwater is also called stormwater. Stormwater travels across our lawns, streets and open spaces into a storm drain. The storm drain takes stormwater directly to the nearest creek, lake or to the Trinity River. Stormwater can carry litter, lawn chemicals, germs from pet waste, oils and grass clippings to our surface waters. Remember, pollution in our neighborhood doesn’t stay in our neighborhood. To learn more about stormwater enjoy this short video.
The City of Dallas is permitted by the State of Texas to discharge from the storm sewer system into local creeks, streams, lakes, and the Trinity River. That permit has been recently renewed. You can see what the City is doing to try to prevent pollution of the permitted discharge (the City Stormwater Management Program or “SWMP”) by viewing the annual report here. The City needs your participation as we change the SWMP to meet the renewed permit. Please let us know what you would like to see in the new SWMP. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2019.
Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) programs and activities:
- Long Range Water Supply Plan
- Drought Contingency Plan
- Maintaining a high standard of drinking water quality
- Running the Defend Your Drains program to inform DWU customers on how to prevent sewer overflows and protect the quality of our drinking water
- Treating about 200 million gallons of wastewater every day
- Operating the Cease the Grease program that turns Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) waste into pollution-free electricity that is used to clean our wastewater at the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Save Dallas Water outreach website
- Flood control
- Floodplain management
- Trinity River Corridor Project
- Stormwater management
- The City of Dallas Stormwater Management team responds to concerns about chemicals, sediment, and other harmful substances entering the storm drain system, and will investigate sources of substances that may leak into surface water bodies.
- Integrated stormwater management component in the Green Building Ordinance