How To Prevent Stormwater Pollution

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, debris and other potential pollutants.

What is the problem?

Rain and snowmelt wash pollutants from streets, construction sites, and land into storm sewers and ditches. Eventually, the storm sewers and ditches empty the polluted stormwater directly into streams and rivers without prior purification or treatment. This is stormwater pollution.
Polluted stormwater degrades our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other waterways. Nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen can cause the overgrowth of algae, resulting in oxygen depletion in waterways. Toxic substances from motor vehicles and careless application of pesticides and fertilizers threaten water quality and can kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes and improper connections to storm sewer systems can make lakes and waterways unsafe for wading, swimming and fish consumption. Eroded soil is a pollutant as well. It clouds the waterway and interferes with the habitat of fish and plant life.

Tips to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

  • Cover and contain topsoil and mulch during installation.
  • Pick up animal waste.
  • Reconsider using toxic asphalt sealers, seal cracks only.
  • Do not drain swimming pools into storm drains or road ditches.
  • Reduce winter salt application.
  • Compost or mulch leaves and yard debris rather than hauling to dumps.
  • Dispose of automotive fluids appropriately.
  • Remove litter from streets, sidewalks, and stormgates adjacent to your property.
  • Sweep litter and debris from driveways and parking lots rather than hosing debris into storm drains.
  • Water the lawn, not the sidewalk and driveway.
  • Reduce paved surfaces.
  • Triple rinse and recycle empty pesticide and fertilizer containers.
  • Avoid using chemicals near waterways or storm drains.
  • Clean up spills immediately and properly dispose of cleanup materials.
  • Avoid spraying pesticides/fertilizers in windy conditions or when rain is in the forecast.
  • Fill pesticide/fertilizer tanks on a gravel surface, away from storm drains, sewers or ditches.

How To Prevent Stormwater Pollution (PDF)

Best Trash Holiday Schedule

Please note service times will likely be later than usual with the additional holiday volume.

Service Schedule

  • Saturday, December 25, 2021: No services provided. Service will resume on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, for trash collection.
  • Wednesday, December 29, 2021: Normal services provided.
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022: No services provided. Service will resume on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, for trash collection.
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022: Normal services provided.

Office Hours

  • Friday, December 24th – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 25th – CLOSED
  • Friday, December 31, 2021 – 9:00 am – Noon
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022 – CLOSED

Fire Hydrant Flow Testing on July 7th

The Southern Montgomery County Fire Department will be flow testing fire hydrants throughout the District for ISO insurance ratings on July 7th.

This flow testing might cause discolored water. There is no reason for concern. Please flush your faucets for 15 minutes. If it does not clear up, please contact Municipal Operations & Consulting at 281-367-5511.

Fire Hydrant Flow Testing

The Southern Montgomery County Fire Department will be flow testing fire hydrants throughout the District for ISO insurance ratings on Monday, June 28th, and Tuesday, June 29th.

This flow testing might cause discolored water. There is no reason for concern. Please flush your faucets for 15 minutes. If it does not clear up, please contact Municipal Operations & Consulting at 281-367-5511.

Board Vacancy

It is with deep regret that Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 89 (“MUD 89”) is announcing that Director Bredawn Riley has resigned, effective June 3, 2021.

Director Riley is moving out of the district and will no longer be qualified to be a MUD 89 Director. Since Director Riley joined the Board he has been a valuable and well respected member of the team, appreciated by all those who served alongside him.

The Board is looking to secure a replacement to fill the remainder of Director Riley’s term, which will end in May 2024. Anyone who is qualified and interested in this position should send in a letter announcing their interest and resume to Holly Huston at hhuston@abhr.com.

MUD 89 is very appreciative for all the hard work Director Riley has provided over the years. He has played an integral part in the District and he will be difficult to replace. We would like to wish Director Riley the best of success in all future endeavors.