Stormwater is rainwater plus anything that the rain carries along with it (e.g., pollutants, trash, debris). As rain falls onto the roof of your house, or collects on paved areas like streets, alleys, and driveways, it gets carried through a system of pipes and channels (separate from the sanitary sewer system). These storm drain pipes and channels lead directly to Benbrook Lake and other local creeks.
Unlike sanitary sewage, stormwater is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant. Remember that our drinking water comes from Benbrook Lake; if you discharge pollutants into the storm drain system, you pollute your drinking water. As a homeowner, you can take ten simple steps to help prevent stormwater pollution.
To report a prohibited discharge into the storm drain, channel, or creek system during business hours, please call City Hall at 817-249-3000. After hours, you may call the non-emergency Police number at 817-249-1610. To learn more about water pollution, visit our website at benbrook-tx.gov/546/Storm-Water-Runoff.