Welcome to Rockdale County Stormwater Utility Division. At this site you will be able to learn what you need to know about stormwater management and how you can make a difference in our very own community.
Stormwater management has become an increasingly important responsibility for local governments. Like other counties Rockdale has traditionally managed stormwater run-off by collecting it through storm sewer systems, holding it in detention ponds and releasing it into our creeks and rivers. Now, Rockdale faces newly mandated, but unfunded federal and state regualtions that require a new approach to stormwater management. There’s new mandates require communities to manage stormwater in ways that not only minimize flooding, but also protects and enhances water quality. Best Management Practices (BMPs) is the primary method to stop contaminants from entering system.
Every time it rains, the community’s water resources are threatened by stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is the portion of rainwater that is unable to soak into the ground. Stormwater can pick up debris, litter, trash, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, sediment, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, grease, chemicals, pet waste, and other contaminants as it runs off of developed land. This polluted runoff is considered “non-point source pollution” because the pollution comes from many different sources as opposed to “point source pollution” that would result from a spill at a factory or sewage treatment plant. Stormwater runoff eventually flows into storm sewer systems and releases into nearby lakes, rivers, creeks, streams or wetlands. Anything that enters a storm sewer system or drainage ditch, is released untreated into bodies of water used for swimming, fishing and drinking.
The NPDES Stormwater Program regulates stormwater discharges from three potential sources.
- construction activities,
- industrial activities, and
- municipal stormwater systems.
Stormwater Utility employees respond to all customer service inquiries including utility fee questions, drainage complaints, illegal discharges into the drainage system, and soil erosion.