The City of Titusville, Florida / Emergency Management / NewsMaintaining Our Stormwater System
Now that hurricane season (June-November) is upon us, residents are urged to take the necessary steps to prepare themselves, their homes, and their yards for high wind events. But in preparing your yard, certain precautions need to be taken to ensure that the debris you remove from your yard doesn't create a community problem. City of Titusville Stormwater Utility representatives explain, “Everything that flows into the stormwater drains goes to the Indian River Lagoon. To improve the health of our lagoon, we must let only rain water into our drains. Everyone can help by not sweeping or blowing their yard debris into the stormwater system.”
STORMWATER UTILITY BACKGROUND
Created by ordinance in 1990, Titusville's Stormwater Utility provides essential services that reduce flooding and improve water quality in both the Indian and St. Johns' Rivers. The Utility is responsible for operating and maintaining:
59 miles of drain pipes
30.5 miles of canals and ditches
2,200 inlets and junction boxes
Maintenance includes replacement of metal pipes, vegetation control in ditches and canals, and regularly scheduled cleaning of all ditches and inlets. It also constructs neighborhood drainage improvements and implements regional master plan projects that serve entire drainage basins and meet or exceed new State and Federal water quality requirements. Annual stormwater fees provide revenues that are dedicated to the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the City's stormwater infrastructure.
GOOD STORMWATER PRACTICES
Don't place piles of leaves, branches or any type of yard debris in the gutter/curb area. This causes the drains to clog with the debris and interrupts the water flow of the stormwater system.
Don't use drainage ditches to dump trash, furniture, yard debris, tires, etc. These cause blockages and can flood entire neighborhoods. Place these items at curbside and make arrangements with the City's Solid Waste Division (383-5754) for removal.
Installing gutters on homes helps prevent soil and sand erosion from going into the storm drains.
Report damaged storm drains
For more information regarding our city's stormwater system or to report damaged storm drains, contact the Stormwater Utility Division for the City of Titusville at 383-5798.