Pittsburgh has more than 25,000 storm drains that direct storm-water from streets and paths into underground sewer pipes. When functioning properly, sewers provide Pittsburghers with crucial public health benefits. However, some people have gotten in the habit of putting things into storm drains that don’t belong in our sewers. These materials can clog our pipes, cause flooding and basement backups, and pollute our streams and rivers – all of which have a negative and costly impact on our infrastructure and the environment.
Help keep sewers flowing properly:
- Only rain down the drain! Never dump vehicle fluids, grass clippings, leaves, trash, or other materials into storm drains.
- Report illegal dumping of concrete, asphalt, paint, or other materials into storm drains. Call our 24/7 Dispatch at 412-255-2423 (Press 1) and note the license plate or company name if possible.
- Be a Gratekeeper! Sign up at alleghenycleanways.org/get-involved.html to adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood.
- Report broken or clogged storm drains. Call our 24/7 Dispatch, contact us @pgh2o on Twitter, or fill out the form at Pgh2o.com/report-an-issue so that we can send a crew out.
Learn more at Pgh2o.com/reducing-stormwater-pollution.