Stormwater Maintenance Responsibilities
The Stormwater Utility Division maintains 5 miles of ditches / canals and 40 miles of stormwater pipes. The division cleans catch basins, storm drain pipes, and ditches. We repair or rebuild existing catch basins and pipes and adding new structures as needed.
The Stormwater Utility Division is a special purpose service unit within city government that provides stormwater management as required by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Stormwater Management Criteria Manual
What is Stormwater Utility
In the last 50 years, our city has experienced tremendous growth. Along with this growth has come urban stormwater runoff problems, such as street flooding, as well as lake and river pollution. The City of New Port Richey has taken steps to address these problems to be in compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act and the Water Quality Act passed by the United States Congress.
Stormwater Runoff Impacts
If you live in the city during the rainy season, you are probably familiar with the problem. Our heavy rains combine with the flat terrain and limited drainage, result in flooded streets, yards, and even homes. During a storm, rain that is not absorbed by the ground (termed "stormwater runoff") collects in yards and parking areas or flows into streets and into our city's storm sewer system.
This system of ditches, catch basins, pipes, and ponds carries the stormwater runoff into the Pithlachascotee River or the Gulf of Mexico. With the growth of our city, impervious areas such as roof tops, parking lots, and streets have also increased. Stormwater runoff passes over our yards, parking lots, and streets picking up traces of fertilizer, pesticides, animal waste, litter, oil, gasoline, and other fluids from vehicles.
With the implementation of the stormwater utility, maintenance activities have begun immediately on the existing drainage system. The benefits include:
- Cleaner water in the Pithlachascotee River, our lakes, and the aquifer
- Improved maintenance of drainage facilities
- Less street and property flooding