Stormwater Management

Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or melted snow flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground.

"Only Rain Down the Drain"

Storm drains collect rain water and snow melt. Anything that enters a storm sewer is discharged untreated into bodies of water we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. Only rain should go into storm drains, and not the following:

  • Fertilizers
  • Oil
  • Pet waste
  • Trash
  • Or other pollutants

Remember the motto, "Only rain down the drain."

Report a Spill

911 - Emergency Spills

330-633-0970 for Non-Emergency Spills

Dog Clean up and Leash

Don't forget that Household Hazardous Waste and Used Motor Oils must be recycled and disposed of properly. For more information on proper disposal of these products check out Summit Reworks Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program.

City Stormwater Management

The City provides services to facilitate stormwater flow:

  • Catch basin repair
  • Ditch line maintenance (in the right-of-way)
  • Replacement and installation of deteriorated residential driveway pipe
  • Street sweeping to prevent infiltration

Report Stormwater Problems

Report stormwater problems to the Street Department by calling 330-633-5130.

Environmental Awareness

The Summit Soil and Water Conservation District (Summit SWCD) serves Tallmadge and all of Summit County providing local leadership for soil and water conservation and raising the "Environmental IQ" for residents of Northeast Ohio.


Visit the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District website to learn more about the Summit SWCD urban and backyard conservation.

Watch this video on watersheds from Summit SWCD:

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