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 a safe and healthy environment.

Stormwater Pollution: What Is It? and What Can I Do About It?

In urban areas, where there are more parking lots, sidewalks, paved streets and rooftops, less rainfall can soak into the ground. The runoff is carried by curbs or gutters into storm drains or spillways. Storm drains are separate from the sanitary sewer and DO NOT lead to a treatment plant. The stormwater runoff is ultimately deposited in our washes, rivers, or lakes without being treated.

Stormwater Best Management Practices Fact Sheet Series

These fact sheets contain helpful tips on how you can prevent or reduce stormwater pollution.

Residential Commercial
Pet Waste English Spanish Automotive Services English Spanish
Lawn Care English Spanish Construction English Spanish
Vehicle Care English Spanish Food Services English Spanish Chinese
Home Repair and Remodeling English Spanish Nurseries English Spanish
Swimming Pools English   Commercial Landscaping English Spanish
Waste Handling and Disposal English   Mobile Cleaning-Vehicles English Spanish
Detention Basin Safety English   Mobile Cleaning-Carpets English Spanish
  Animal Care Facilities English  
  Painting Contractors English  
  Auto Recycling Facilities English Spanish
  Pressure Washing and Surface Cleaning English  

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Brochures

  • After the Storm: A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding Stormwater
  • Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
  • Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution

What Else Can I Do to Help Reduce Stormwater Pollution?

Free Presentations

The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Stormwater Program staff provides free presentations on stormwater pollution and prevention to schools, homeowner or neighborhood associations, community groups and other organizations. To request a presentation, please e-mail or call (602) 376-4435.

Public Service Announcements

STORM

Maricopa County is a member of STORM (Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities), a not-for-profit organization established to promote regional stormwater education through public outreach. For further information on STORM, please visit their website.