The Storm Water Division is responsible for the capital improvement program, the
pollution control program, and the maintenance and repair of the storm sewer system.
There are over 300 miles of storm sewers in Independence and approximately 12,000
storm water structures, such as curb inlets and culverts.
Unlike wastewater, which is treated at a treatment plant, stormwater goes directly
from the storm sewer system into local creeks and rivers. Anything on sidewalks,
streets, and parking lots, such as trash, motor oil, pet waste, or excess pesticides
and fertilizers, is carried away by rain runoff and ends up in storm drains. We
encourage you to keep litter, pet wastes, leaves and grass clippings out of streets
and curb inlets.
Maintenance and repair activities include cleaning of the structures and storm sewer
systems, lid replacement, inspections, and repair and construction.