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Stormwater / Storm Drainage / Surface Water Run-Off

Stormwater is runoff from rain and snow. A system of gutters, ditches and storm drains collect the runoff and discharge it into local rivers and streams. Stormwater becomes a source of water pollution when oil, trash or other contaminants are dumped into gutters and storm drains.

StormwaterIn Pacific, we must take extra care not to further pollute the waters of the White River, which has been designated by the Department of Ecology as "measurably polluted."
See the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)Permit section of our website.

Did you know that every time it rains thousands of pounds of pet waste has the potential to wash down storm drains and into streams, rivers and lakes? If not disposed of properly, pet waste flows directly into nearby streams and creeks without being treated at wastewater treatment facilities. It’s important to pick up after your pet, check out the video, "Dog Doogity" Dog Poop PSA for ScoopPoop.org.

Stormwater Utility Rates
 All detached single-family residences and mobile homes are classified as one equivalent residential unit (ERU) and the monthly service charge is $23.82.

All other developed properties the monthly service charge is $23.82 per month for the first ERU per account plus the number of additional ERUs determined by the Utility to be contained in such parcel, multiplied by $8.60 for those properties with approved stormwater facilities or $23.82 for those properties without approved facilities. An equivalent residential unit (ERU) is equal to 2,500 square feet of impervious property surface.

For questions about stormwater billing charges contact: utilities@ci.pacific.wa.us or call 253-929-1100.

Stormwater Hotline
Call the Stormwater Hotline at 253-929-1118 to report any type of pollution to the automatic recording system and someone will contact you. For hazardous material spills call 911. Do not clean up unknown or hazardous material. Staff at the hotline can direct you to the appropriate agency to help with non-stormwater pollution. 
 
Stormwater Utility
The Storm Drainage Utility operates and maintains approximately 9.8 miles of pipe, 800 catch basins and structures, 15 stormwater facilities, and 5 miles of ditches. The storm system is designed to convey surface water from the streets and properties of the City to nearby creeks and the White River.

Low Impact Development Stormwater Regulations
On January 1, 2017, new stormwater management regulations and standards went into effect in the City of Pacific and surrounding jurisdictions in Western Washington for new development, redevelopment, and construction sites. These Low Impact Development (LID) regulations and standards emphasize on-site stormwater management that mimics predevelopment conditions rather than storage and conveyance-based stormwater management. The goal of LID is to prevent degradation of our streams, wetlands, and rivers from the runoff from developed sites.

The following is a compilation of some of the resources available to help property owners with new development or redevelopment projects comply with the new LID requirements:
    •      Washington Stormwater Center - information about LID principles and practices, including different types of LID             
           facilities, tools and manuals for planning and designing LID, and how to operate and maintain LID facilities.
    •      King County Surface Water Management Manual (KCSWMM)
    •      City of Pacific Development Guidelines

Stormwater Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies stormwater as the biggest source of pollution to lakes, rivers, and streams in our country. The source of this pollution has been traced to how we as citizens live our daily lives. Rainwater picks up pollutants from the air, buildings, parking lots and from road surfaces. These pollutants include chemicals, oils, sand, dirt, pet waste and other debris.

Storm drains carry rainwater to the nearest natural body of water. Disposing of oils, detergents, pet waste and other materials into the storm drain is the same as dumping them directly into a stream, wetland, lake or Puget Sound.

We encourage people who live, work and play in Pacific to help keep our stormwater and natural water bodies clean. Removing contaminants from stormwater is not nearly as effective as eliminating the pollutant at the source. You can help us out by using some of the following suggestions:
    •     Keep leaves, yard waste or other debris out of the storm drains.
    •     Click here for an article about why you should use car washes instead!
    •     Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly 
          https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/stewardship/nw-yard-and-garden.aspx
    •     Fix leaks of auto fluids and recycle oil at a local auto parts store
    •     For more information on protecting waterways, visit the Puget Sound Starts Here website.
    •     Watch the video: When It Rains, It Pours.

 

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