Salt Lake City

Public Utilities

Customer Service: (801) 483-6900 | Report Emergency: (801) 483-6700

Stormwater Quality

Stormwater Quality

Public Education and Outreach

Maintaining and Managing our Storm Water System
  • Storm water management is essential in reducing localized flooding, and it improves water quality in our streams and lakes. Public Utilities has built and maintains an intricate storm drain system throughout the City. We routinely clean these drains and monitor for storm drain pollution from contaminated runoff from streets, sidewalks, businesses, yards and gutters.
  • We also educate the public on keeping toxic and hazardous materials from running into storm drains and ultimately harming our water. It’s a fact: We all live downstream!
Storm Drains – Where does the Water and Debris go?
  • Stormwater systems can be found throughout Salt Lake City and include ditches, catch basins, curbs, underground pipes, ponds, swales, and dry wells. These structures carry stormwater to outfalls on local rivers or allow the stormwater to drain into the ground.  Contaminants discharged into stormwater systems can pollute surface waters as well as ground water.
  • Download this brochure for more information: Storm Drains: Do you Know Were the Water and Debris Goes?
How does Storm Water Quality Affect you?
  • Protection of our Storm Water Quality helps provide these benefits to residents:
    • Preventing flooding of personal property and/or damage to public infrastructure, including roads.
    • Minimizing foul odors and maintaining aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods.
    • Keeping our rivers, lakes, & streams clean.
    • Strengthening our economy by offering healthy recreational opportunities.
  • Visit the Salt Lake County Storm Water Coalition for more information at:
Tips and Tricks to Help us Protect Water Quality
  • Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
  • Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
  • Compost your yard waste
  • Clean trash and debris out of the curb area
  • Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems without pesticides
  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider directing it towards your garden
  • Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
  • Check your car for leaks and recycle your automotive fluids
  • Clean up after your pet
Public Service Announcements
  • Please direct questions related to stormwater to our Stormwater Coordinator Shaunna Mills at (801) 483-6800 or by emailing

Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control & Project Requirements

  • Questions may be directed to the following team members:
    • Chris Aragon, Storm Water Quality Coordinator, (801)483-6795 or
    • Albert Gallegos, Storm Water Technician, (801)483-6890 or
    • Jim Tabish, Storm Water Technician, (801)483-6802 or

Commercial-Long Term Storm Water Management in New Development

  • Please direct questions to Shaunna Mills at (801) 483-6800 or by emailing

Industrial & High Risk Runoff

  • Industrial and high risk runoff means discharges from landfills, hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal and recovery facilities, facilities that have reported under the requirements of EPCRA Title 3, Section 313, and any other industrial or commercial discharge which the Stormwater Management Utility Director determines is contributing a substantial pollutant loading to the MS4.
  • Please direct questions to Shaunna Mills at (801) 483-6800 or by emailing or to Anthony Garcia at (801)483-6873 or

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)

  • Illicit discharges are defined as a storm drain that has measurable flow during dry weather containing pollutants and/or pathogens. A storm drain with measurable flow but containing no pollutants is simply considered a discharge.
  • Please direct questions to Anthony Garcia at (801)483-6873 or

Salt Lake City Storm Water Management Documents