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Surface Water

Surface Water management, part of Environmental Services, oversees more than 66,000 surface water accounts and maintains more than 500 miles of public stormwater pipe, 22,000-plus catch basins, four pump stations and numerous detention ponds/structures.


The water that leaves our streets, yards and driveways flows directly – untreated – to lakes, streams, rivers and Puget Sound. That’s why our surface water management programs concentrate on preventing pollution before it reaches our waters, and restoring sites already affected by industry and urbanization.

What We Do

Learn about how the City of Tacoma manages stormwater, prevents flooding, restores Tacoma watersheds and uses science and research to solve problems and prevent future pollution.

Surface Water System

Stormwater Management Program

Restoration and Monitoring

Sustainable Stormwater Management (LID)

Make a Splash Environmental Grants (MAS)
Permits and Manuals
Prevent Water Pollution


Contact Us

About Your Rates

Surface water rates pay for more than storm drains, they pay for a system that helps to preserve our environment, prevent flooding and manage rain water in an urban environment.


How You Can Prevent Pollution

The majority of Puget Sound pollution comes from things like leaky cars, brake pads, chemicals around the home and things as simple as car washes and dog poop.


Reporting Pollution
If you see activities that threaten the health of Commencement Bay or surrounding waters, call Tacoma FIRST 311 or report it through their web page. Customers can dial 311 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else.


I Want To

Prevent street flooding
Report street flooding
Prevent pollution
Report pollution
Hire a sustainable landscape professional
Volunteer to mark storm drains   
Host a fish-friendly car wash
Learn about planting and maintaining trees on my property
Learn about Make a Splash grants
Learn about environmental grants and sponsorship opportunities
Learn about Sewer Conservation Loans


2012 Stormwater Management Manual
2008 Surface Water Management Manual
2003 Surface Water Management Manual
Stormwater Management Program
NPDES stormwater permit submittals
Minimum requirement exception requests
Regional Road Maintenance Endangered Species Act Program
Surface Water Management 2008 Annual Report Summary
2012 Foss Source Control & Stormwater Monitoring Report
Check the code (Municipal Code Title 12, Section 8)

Contact Us


Center for Urban Waters
326 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
Phone (253) 591-5588
8 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Friday


Permit Intake Center

747 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone (253) 591-5218
8 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday

Sewer Back Ups

24 hours a day
(253) 591-5585

Storm Drain Flooding

24 hours a day
(253) 591-5585

Pollution Hotline

Leave confidential message 24-hours a day
(253) 383-2429