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Stormwater Tips

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Stormwater Best Management Practices

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution in the United States. As stormwater flows over, roads, parking lots, lawns etc. it picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease, chemicals and other pollutants. The runoff is transported via streets and storm drains untreated directly into parks, retention basins, washes, canals and community lakes. Following the tips for residents and businesses outlined in the brochures below and the additional helpful links or getting involved will help reduce pollutants from entering the stormwater system and ultimately protect surface water.


Residential Tips

Charitable Car Washes

Fat and Grease Disposal PDF

Home Repair PDF

Leaf Blowers PDF

Pet Waste PDF

Pool Discharge PDF

Unused Drug Disposal PDF

Vehicle Care PDF

Videos (Pollution Prevention)

Wipes Disposal PDF

Yard and Garden Care PDF


Commercial Tips

Automotive Service PDF

Businesses PDF

Construction PDF

Cooling Towers PDF

Downtown Tempe/Tempe Town Lake PDF

Exterior Cleaning PDF

Food Service PDF

Industry PDF

Retention BMPs PDF

Track Out PDF

Why Does City of Tempe Perform Inspections at Commercial Facilities? PDF

Additional Helpful Links

Building Safety

Engineering  Criteria

Greater Phoenix Green Infrastructure Handbook: Low Impact Development (LID) Details for Alternative Stormwater Management

Low Impact Development Tool Kit

City Code


Other ways to participate in pollution prevention include joining an Adopt-A...street, park, path, alley event or utilizing the household products collection center.

MORE stormwater tips can be found at the STormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM) website

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(Quarterly Storm Water Newsletter)

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