In Durham, both our residents and local business have a role to play in preventing pollution. When stormwater flows over parking lots, roofs, and lawns, it collects soil, pesticides, oils, and other pollutants. This water runs down into storm drains which are connected to the City's stormwater pipes. The water then flows directly into the closest water body with any pollutants it has collected. The creeks and streams in Durham carry this polluted water out to our lakes, which are used for drinking water, recreation, and wildlife habitat.
Common Sources of Pollution in Durham
Erosion and sediment discharges
Public & private sanitary sewer discharges
Vehicle washing discharges
Let us know
If you see or smell oil, chemicals, sewage, yard waste, large amounts of dirt, or anything else that's not just stormwater going down the storm drain, contact us immediately!