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Stormwater Quality

Environmental Quality is responsible for monitoring water quality in urban lakes, rivers, neighborhood creeks, and storm drains. Storm drain systems are designed to remove stormwater runoff from urban areas. In Fort Worth, the stormwater sewer system is separate from the wastewater sewer system, and runoff flows directly to the nearest body of water without being treated. Pollutants, including fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and detergents that are present on urban land, streets, other surfaces, or are illegally dumped into storm drains, go directly into a body of water each time it rains.

Legal Requirements

The City of Fort Worth's Stormwater Ordinance prohibits illicit discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer system (storm drain), provides for the regulation of mobile commercial cosmetic cleaning (power washers), and regulates stormwater discharges from industrial sources including construction activity. The City of Fort Worth is authorized to inspect and enforce permit regulations for activities that result in discharges to the stormwater system. The EPA lists the City’s ordinance as a model real-life example ordinance.

The City of Fort Worth operates under a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit granted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The permit is held in conjunction with the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD). An annual report of activities conducted for this permit is submitted to the TCEQ.

View the most recent report

A Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is submitted to TCEQ as part of the TPDES permit renewal process. This is a “living” document and is revised yearly by all permittees.

Comments and questions from residents regarding these documents are welcomed as part of our education and outreach process. Please email comments to: environmental@fortworthtexas.gov.

Pollution Hotline

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To report air or stormwater pollution by phone,
call: 817-392-1234

For emergency situations,
call 9-1-1

Water Quality Permits

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Prevent Stormwater Pollution: Proper Pool Drainage

The City of Fort Worth Code Compliance Environmental Quality Division is available to answer questions regarding the proper drainage of residential swimming pools and spas. For more information on pools, spas and stormwater pollution prevention, or to report illegal discharges, contact our offices at 817-392-1234.

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