Storm Water Management
Storm water is the rain that falls on your roof, sidewalk or yard, and water that runs off a parking lot. This is storm water, not sewer water. Surface water, or rainwater is essential to all life. Contaminated by man, pollutants can cause health problems. Surface water impacts groundwater through infiltration. Many cities and towns draw drinking water from surface and ground water. Once the ground water strata (aquifer) becomes contaminated with pollutants (chemicals) it becomes useless for years. Surface water includes: Springs, creeks, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.
In fact, protecting all water is so important that most cities have adopted ordinances to give cities the power of law to ensure protection of water.
Opelika’s ordinance was adopted 9-20-2011. #117-11
Be a good citizen and report ANY concern you have.
You live here too and have a vested interest. If you see something, say something!
- Call the city OFD Hazmat office at 705-5339
- City Storm Water Coordinator 705-5454
- Witness Hotline 745-8665
- Opelika’s “Online 311 system”
Other Storm Water Information:
- Storm Water Coordinator
- Storm Water Management Resources
- Updates and News
- Storm Water POST Construction BMP
- Steps To Reduce Illicit Discharges
- Report An Issue
- Storm Water Training Portal