Some neighborhoods and businesses have private stormwater systems (PSS) that collect, convey, treat and recycle the stormwater from their property. These private systems are generally owned, inspected, and maintained by the Homeowners' Association (HOA) or commercial property owner.
It is important for all stormwater systems to be inspected yearly and maintained. Regular maintenance ensures your system is functioning properly and can help to save you money in the long run. Commercial property owners, homeowners, or homeowner's associations are responsible for providing regular maintenance of privately owned ponds, storm drains, pipes, and other drainage system components that serve the property or subdivision.
You can use our Private Stormwater System Manual and Inspection Checklist to help you complete your yearly inspection. It’s important to keep records of your yearly inspection checklist and any maintenance performed. You may need to hire a private contractor to help with some of the maintenance.
If you are interested in speaking with one of our stormwater system inspectors after you review the videos, please fill out the request form at the bottom of this page. We are happy to schedule a site visit to walk through your stormwater system with you and help you identify areas that need maintenance. If you’re located within the NPDES region, you may be eligible for a free inspection of your stormwater system and a report with our maintenance recommendations.
To help you understand and evaluate the private stormwater system maintenance needs within your development or property, we created a new virtual workshop complete with short videos and a comprehensive manual. Scroll down and watch the videos to start learning now!
A breakdown of the main components that make-up a stormwater system and the possible maintenance associated with each component.
Whatcom County is compiling a list of contractors who provide services related to stormwater facility maintenance, i.e. catch basin/manhole cleaning and/or repair, detention pond maintenance, storm pipe jetting and/or repair, vegetative management and engineering services, etc. Please fill out the online form including all required fields to be added to the list. Contact Alyssa Voelker with any questions at [email protected] or 360-778-6308.