Storm Drain Labeling

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Report a blocked storm drain directly to the Storm Water Management using this form. To report other Storm Water Engineering issues, to follow up, or speak to a supervisor, call the Public Works Department at 919.969.5100


Sue Burke
Storm Water Senior Engineer
(Public Works Department)
208 N. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Robert Sykes
Storm Water Maintenance Supervisor
(Public Works Department)
6850 Millhouse Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Stormwater GrateStorm drains quickly route rain and melting snow into vegetated areas or creeks, preventing or minimizing flooding. This water is not treated, but flows directly into creeks or drainage areas, taking pollutants with it.

Stormwater that flows from our roofs, yards, driveways, and streets, carry sediment, pesticides, fertilizers, pet wastes, litter, oil and other automobile fluids. If people allow detergents or chlorine from power washing or car washing to go into the street, those chemicals also flow directly into the creeks through the storm sewer system. Therefore, residents should make sure that any outside wash water flows into a vegetated area where plants and soil can act as filters; that pet wastes are picked up, wrapped and thrown into the trash; and that lawn care chemicals are properly applied or alternatives found. During leaf season, leaves should be composted or used for mulch around trees and shrubs. If raked to the street for leaf collection, leaves should be placed above the curb instead of in the street. This helps to minimize blockage of the drains and reduces the amount of nutrients going to our creeks.


Storm drains must be kept clear of debris. It is prohibited for any substances or objects to be poured into, or placed into, storm drains. The Town maintains storm drains on public rights-of-way. Property owners are responsible for maintaining drains on private property.

Streets in new developments are required to have pre-cast iron curb inlet hoods and manhole covers. Volunteers are adhering markers, like that shown to the left, to older storm drains in neighborhoods, parks, and at schools. Residents receive a door hanger which gives them tips for keeping waterways clean.

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