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."


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.

Report a Spill

911 - Emergency Spills

330-633-0970 for Non-Emergency Spills

Dog Clean up and Leash

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.

Website

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: https://youtu.be/t3LfYy8qLko

Summit SWCD Newsletter

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SSWCD Monthly Infographic

Draining Swimming Pools

Storm SewerPool water may contain bacteria, chlorine and other chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if it enters the stormwater system.

Per City Ordinance 1327.10 Residential Property Maintenance Standards; Pools may be drained onto natural ground at a metered rate as to allow the water to percolate into the soils. However, if it is adversely affecting adjacent properties then the pool must be discharged directly to the storm sewer. Such discharge shall only be permitted when the chlorine residual is below the lowest measurable value of the typical home test kit (usually 0.5 mg/L chlorine).

Never drain a saline pool water into the storm sewer. The high salt content will be damaging to the water quality and the stormwater infrastructure components. Saline pools must be drained to a sanitary sewer.

Prevent Nutrient Pollution

Storm DrainFertilizerRead the label. Check the weather forecast before applications, and don't apply fertilizers or pesticides when there is rain predicted. Avoid using fertilizers or pesticides near wellheads or within 75 feet of waterways.

If fertilizers or pesticides are improperly applied, they can wash off your lawn into storm drains and directly to our lakes, rivers, and the ocean. These chemicals can contaminate your drinking water, as well as kill fish, wildlife, and plants.

You, your landscaper, or your gardener need to sweep up and clean up the pavement and sidewalks after applications to make sure fertilizer doesn't end up in the storm system. 

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

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.