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Surface Water Management Program plan comment period ended on March 1, 2021

No comments were received.  The city will finalize the Surface Water Management Program plan for 2021.  

Drainage Systems

By using simple housekeeping practices around your work and home, Federal Way residents, business owners and employees can help prevent stormwater pollution from reaching our local waterways, such as Steel Lake, Hylebos Creek and Puget Sound. But first, it is important to understand the difference between Federal Way’s two drainage systems.

The two drainage systems in the City of Federal Way are the sanitary sewer system and the storm drain system. The sanitary sewer system carries household wastewater, from sinks, showers and toilets, to the Lakota sewage treatment plant. The storm drain system prevents flooding by carrying rainwater away from city streets into nearby ponds, wetlands, creeks, lakes and Puget Sound.

Sewer Storm Drain


Pollutants and Stormwater
Rain that falls and flows across roads, driveways and yards on its way to the nearest storm drain is called stormwater. Stormwater picks up pollutants on the ground such as oil, automotive fluids, paint, construction debris, lawn chemicals, pet wastes, cigarette butts and other garbage. Sometimes people even dump pollutants like leftover paint or soapy car wash water directly down storm drains!

Because the stormwater system contains no filters and does not receive treatment, it carries pollution straight into our local waters. Actions that reduce pollution in stormwater, and improve the quality of our water resources, are called best management practices (BMPs).

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Learn more about the BMPs that you can use everyday to help prevent stormwater pollution and keep our surface waters clean and healthy

Car Washing Natural Yard Care Don't Drip and Drive Scoop the Poop  



Education and Outreach Programs

Storm Drain ArtWalk 

Stream Team

Storming the Sound with Salmon


Education and Outreach Contact

Sheila Coughlan
Public Education and Outreach Coordinator

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