Storm Drain Maintenance

The storm drain system was built to collect and transport rain to prevent flood¬ing in urban areas.  When rainwater runs off of streets, parking lots, lawns and other surfaces, it enters gutters and storm drains. Frequently it carries liquid and solid pollutants it gathers along the way. Once in the storm drain system, the contaminated water flows directly to our creeks, wetlands and the Bay. It does not flow to a water treatment plant, as many people believe. Even storm drains that appear distant from any waterways are connected to an underground network of channels that eventually leads to the Bay.

City of Newark Maintenance Division staff work diligently to ensure storm drains are kept clear of debris to prevent pollution and flooding