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Mission

The mission of the Storm Water Management Department is to protect public health and safety through storm water management by working to reduce the risk of flooding, improve the overall drainage system, and preserve the water quality in playa lakes, groundwater, and tributaries to the Brazos River. 

Accomplishing the Mission

The mission of the Storm Water Management Department is divided into three sections: Engineering, Education and Enforcement. Storm Water Engineering strives to provide safe, effective and economical Storm Water drainage systems through planning, engineering and land transactions. The Storm Water Education Team educates contractors, developers and the public on the Storm Water system and regulations, while promoting environmental stewardship. The Storm Water Inspectors work alongside citizens, contractors and industry to assure safe, effective drainage systems and clean, pollutant free playa lakes. 

What Can You Do?
One way to get involved in protecting our water resources is through complaint reporting. City of Lubbock residents are urged to be aware of what is going on in the community surrounding them. If you see excessive erosion or sediment escaping an active construction site, or if you witness a suspicious discharge entering the storm sewer system, please call the Storm Water Hotline at 806-775-3118 or fill out the Storm Water Complaint Reporting Form so that we can investigate potential problems. 

Quick Links
Keep Your Grass Clippings Out of the Street
Grass clippings that go into the street can eventually enter the storm drain.  Grass clippings can create blockages in the storm drains or flow into our playa lakes.  Grass clippings contribute nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which cause unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds which are harmful for aquatic life.  
Limit use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
Carefully read and follow all directions when applying chemicals.  Compost your leaf litter and grass clippings for a rich organic fertilizer alternative.  Do not apply chemicals before it is going to rain because they will tend to simply wash away and not soak into the ground.  
Dispose of household hazardous waste properly
Weed killer, drain cleaner, paint, solvents, motor oil and antifreeze should never be poured down the drain or dumped on the ground.  When these toxic materials are improperly stored, they pose many risks to both humans and the environment.  Contact the Solid Waste Department for information on proper disposal.