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.
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 AVoelker@co.whatcom.wa.us or 360-778-6308.