Recommended Methods for Storm Water Protection

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

In Washington Terrace City, storm water flows through storm drains directly to creeks and rivers with NO TREATMENT. Water quality can be affected by a number of natural elements as well as chemical elements introduced by humans. 

What kind of contaminants might reach our rivers and streams?

Contaminants resulting from unwise landscaping practices such as over applying or over watering might include: dirt, leaves, grass clippings, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

Chemicals from household products from washing your car, painting, or household cleaners.

Toxins such as oil or antifreeze that may leak from your car

Local recreation areas are affected by storm water contamination and can result in harmful situations for humans and wildlife.
These areas include the Weber River, Ogden River (including North, Middle & South Fork), and Pineview Reservoir, among others.

What Can You Do?

General Practices:

  • Both at your yard and the construction site, always store dry and wet materials under cover, protected from rainfall and runoff.
  • Protect dry materials from wind.
  • Secure bags of cement after they are open.
  • Be sure to keep wind-blown cement powder away from gutters, storm drains, rainfall, and runoff.
  • Wash out concrete mixers only in designated wash-out areas in your yard, where the water will flow into containment ponds.
  • Whenever possible, recycle washout by pumping back into mixers for reuse.
  • Never dispose of washout into the street, storm drains, drainage ways, or streams!

Storm Water Pollution from Masonry and Paving

Fresh concrete and cement-related mortars that wash into lakes, rivers, and streams are toxic to fish and the aquatic environment. Disposing of these materials to storm drains or streams causes serious problems - and is prohibited by law!

Do's and Don'ts

  • Don’t mix up more fresh concrete or cement than you will use in a day.
  • Set up and operate small mixers on tarps or heavy plastic drop cloths.
  • When cleaning up after driveway or sidewalk construction, wash fines onto dirt areas, not down the driveway or into the street or storm drain.
  • Place hay bales or other erosion controls down-slope to capture runoff carrying mortar or cement before it reaches the storm drain.
  • When breaking up paving, be sure to pick up all the pieces and dispose of properly.
  • Recycle large chunks of broken concrete at a landfill. • Dispose of small amounts of excess dry concrete, grout, and mortar in the trash.
  • Never bury waste material. Never illegally dump or abandon waste material.

Spill Response

Dial 911


Washington Terrace Public Works Department
(801) 395-8289


Weber-Morgan Health Department
Daytime: (801) 399-7160
24-Hour: (801-399-7169)


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