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:

  • Never use the gutter or storm drain system for
    disposal of household waste. Liquid residue from paints, thinners, solvents, glues, and cleaning fluids are hazardous wastes.
  • When thoroughly dry, used kitty litter, empty water base paint cans, spent brushes, rags, and drop cloths may be disposed of in the trash.
  • Rinse containers and dispose them in the trash.
  • Properly use and store all toxic products including cleaners, solvents, and paints.
  • Use kitty litter or other absorbent material to clean up spills from paved surfaces.
  • DO NOT WASH INTO THE STREET! Depending on the substance, dispose of absorbents in trash or at the household hazardous waste facility.


There is a Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Weber County Transfer Station, 867 West Wilson Lane Ogden, Utah 84401. Weber County homeowners can bring their household hazardous waste to the facility and it will be taken off their hands for only $5. For more information, call (801)-726-8212 or visit their website.

Paint Solvents and Adhesives

  • Select water based or latex paints whenever
  • Sweep up dust and paint chips from sanding or stripping. Dispose of in trash- UNLESS the activity involved marine paints or paints containing leads. These should be disposed of as hazardous waste.
  • When high-pressure water stripping or cleaning building
    exteriors, block storm drains. Wash water onto dirt area and
    spade in soil if no chemicals were used. Contact the City or County Health Department for more specific guidelines, especially if chemicals are used.
  • For water based paint, paint out brushes to the extent
    possible and rinse in sink.
  • For oil based paint, paint out the brushes to the extent possible, filter and reuse thinners and solvents. Disposed of excess liquids and residue as hazardous waste.

A Couple Good Ideas:

  • Give unused products to a neighbor or community group and try to buy only what you need.

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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