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Storm Water Quality and Pollution Prevention

Kayakers in the South Platte RiverProtecting our waterways  Englewood's waterways are a precious resource, as they provide drinking water, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat for our community.  We all need to do our part to protect Englewood's waterways from pollution.  We can start by understanding how the waterways become polluted and taking steps to reduce storm water pollution in our everyday activities.

What is Storm water?  Storm water is composed of rainwater and snowmelt that flow into the storm drainage systems, which in turn flow into our creeks, gulches, and rivers.  Water pollution occurs as the storm water flows over streets, parking lots, construction sites, and industrial facilities.  It mixes with trash, antifreeze, motor oil, pet wastes, fertilizers, and other potentially toxic substances. 

Unlike wastewater, storm water is not treated at a sewage treatment plant.  It is discharged from the storm drainage system directly into local creeks and rivers.  The City of Englewood's storm drainage system consists of streets, gutters, ditches, channels, inlets, manholes, and pipe that convey storm water to the South Platte River.

Dumping liquid or solid waste into a storm drain or creek is a crime.  If you see illegal dumping, report it to Englewood's Code Enforcement Division at 303-762-2335. 

The Utilities Department has plenty of suggestions and tips for reducing storm water pollution.