There are two sewer systems in Salt Lake County: the sanitary sewer system and the storm sewer system.
The sanitary sewer takes wastewater from your sinks, toilets, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines to the water treatment plant. There, the pollutants in the water are either removed or reduced to acceptable levels and then the treated water is discharged into the river.
The storm sewer drains rainwater and snowmelt off the streets, parking lots, driveways, etc. This water goes directly into the nearest stream, river, pond, lake or canal without any treatment whatsoever, so dumping something into the gutter is no different than dumping it into the nearest creek.
The Salt Lake County Health Department is a member of the Stormwater Coalition .
We all live downstream. Each of us can do our part to help ensure our natural waterways stay free of dangerous contaminants that hurt our health and our environments. Some things you can do:
Dumping anything other than pure, clean water into the storm drain system is illegal.
If you see someone dumping into a storm drain or gutter, call the health department right away! Our emergency number is 385-468-8888 (option 8) and we answer environmental emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Please be ready to give us important details like:
Depending on the situation, the on-call inspector may respond to the dumping site immediately.