Hi there! Have you seen me around town? I bet you have and maybe just didn't know who I was and what I am about? Well, let me fill you in on what "We All Live Downstream" really means!
We All Live Downstream means each one of us lives downstream from some location within the hydrological (water) cycle.
What is storm water?
Storm water is rain, snow, hail and sleet. When storm water runoff enters the storm drain system through the gutters outside your homes it goes, untreated, into the waters that we use for swimming, fishing, and other recreational uses.
Where does it go?
These pollutants are picked up as water (from rain, hoses, sprinklers, streets, parking lots, driveways, etc.) enters the City's catch basins. From there, this "untreated" solution flows through a massive system of pipes and channels straight by the Jordan River, Little Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek, and eventually to the Great Salt Lake. Basically, anything dumped or dropped on the ground or in the gutter constitutes storm water pollution.
Why does storm water pollution matter to you?
We each play an important role in keeping our storm water clean! Pollution can be carried into our local waterways by storm water runoff. The largest source of storm water pollution in Utah results from everyday activities. The most common pollutants are: Trash, Toxins, and Sediment.
This is debris and trash in a local gutter inlet. Our Public Utilities crews try their best to clean up most of this trash and remove it but it would make things easier and less costly if we all worked together. Remember that "Only Rain Goes Down the Drain." If you see this debris, clean it up and dispose of it in the trash.
These pollutants can cloud the water making it difficult for aquatic life and plants to grow. Land animals and people can also get sick from eating contaminated fish or drinking polluted water. Also, pollutants cause flooding issues as they clog the storm drain system and increase maintenance costs.
How can I help?
Sandy City offers service projects/volunteer opportunities to help mark and clean our storm drains. If you are interested, please contact our storm water division at 801-568-6087.
Please help us to make sure that "only rain goes down the drain!" If you see anyone dumping into the storm drain, please call our hotline at 801-352-4466.
Storm Water Regulations (UPDES)
The Storm Water Ordinance can be downloaded here (PDF format).
UPDES Regulations for doing Construction Projects within our City:
Please visit www.waterquality.utah.gov/UPDES/stormwater.htm to obtain necessary forms and permits under the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES). A copy of this permit will need to be provided to Sandy City. A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required to be submitted to Sandy City Public Utilities prior to construction.
Note: The State of Utah, Division of Water Quality requires that a copy of the SWPPP be located/accessible on construction sites prior and during construction.
Environmental Protection Agency
Sandy City Rainfall Intensities Chart
Salt Lake County Stormwater Coalition
Utah State Stormwater Advisory Committee