Storm Water Management

What is Storm Water?

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.

Report an Issue

Opelika’s ordinance was adopted 9-20-2011. Number 117-11.

Be a good citizen and report any concern you have.

Report an Issue Online

You live here too and have a vested interest. If you see something, say something!

  • Call the City OFD Hazmat Office: 705-5339
  • City Storm Water Coordinator: 705-5454
  • Opelika’s “Online 311 System”
  • Witness Hotline: 745-8665