Stormwater Quality, Maintenance and Pollution Control
The City of Tulsa has an extensive education
program with a goal of reducing pollution in storm water runoff.
This program targets the public, as well as commercial and
industrial owners and operators within Tulsa.
Education of the public is accomplished through public
presentations at conferences and seminars, and presentations at
local schools and neighborhood gatherings.
Staff members distribute educational materials at events and
public locations, and press releases and articles inform the public
about environmental concerns, including ways to reduce pollution in
storm water runoff. Information is also provided to the public
through articles included in the monthly utility bill stuffer.
Another part of the storm water education program educates
commercial and industrial owners and or operators about their
responsibility to reduce the pollution in storm runoff.
If you see something other than storm water
that has been disposed of or dumped into a storm sewer or local
water way, please contact the Customer Care Center at (918)
596-2100. Someone will investigate. Remember, storm drains are for
City of Tulsa drainage systems are maintained regularly to help
prevent water from backing up into streets and homes. If you spot a
blocked drain or see illegal development in a flood zone, call
(918) 596-2100, and an inspector will investigate.
Reminder: Don't pollute! Do NOT pour used motor oil, antifreeze,
pesticides, fertilizers or other pollutants down the storm drainage
system. Storm drains are NOT part of the sewer system. All storm
sewers in Tulsa drain directly into the waters of the Arkansas
River or Bird Creek. These drain outlets are monitored
regularly after rain events, and checked for pollutants. The
generated report is then sent to the Oklahoma Department of
Environmental Quality, as required by Tulsa's National Pollution
Discharge Elimination System permit.
Putting foreign substances into this system can also cause
flooding and is a violation of City ordinance. Such actions
are punishable by fines of up to $1,000 a day. Please do your
part and keep the inlets and drainage ways throughout Tulsa clear
of brush and debris.
The 2013-14 Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permit Annual
Report is now available online.