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Storm Water Department
Russell Ball, Storm Water Manager
The City of Webb City has a stormwater division that strives to create and maintain a safe environment during and after precipitation events.
As our Asset Control Coordinator, Russell Ball, collects data which helps keep precipitation runoff safe and effective. In order to have a comprehensive stormwater plan, we must be able to identify and locate city assets using GIS (Geographic Information System). These assets include signs, hydrants, water meters, culverts, ditches, sewer manholes, etc. The EPA has 6 requirements that must be followed in order to have a proper stormwater program:
1. Public education and outreach
2. Public participation and involvement
3. Illicit discharge detection and elimination
4. Construction site runoff controls
5. Post-construction site runoff controls
6. Pollution prevention and good housekeeping
Russell also assists the code enforcement officer with storm water-related and other issues. If you have any questions, please contact Russell Ball at 417-673-6297 or email Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org Anytime it rains, water falls onto many different surfaces, and depending on the surface, it either enters the ground, or runs off to another location. For instance, if rain falls on grass, a portion soaks into the ground, but if it lands on a paved parking lot, it runs off the lot to another location. Within Webb City, much of the stormwater runs off of driveways, parking lots, and streets, where it picks up oil, grease, sediments, and many other pollutants that are harmful to the environment. What many people do not realize is this stormwater that washes down our streets, flows into storm drains and then flows directly to our ponds, creeks, and rivers. When this stormwater flow becomes polluted with eroded soils, automotive fluids, trash, and lawn chemicals, it affects our ability to use our water bodies for drinking and recreational purposes and it degrades fish and other aquatic habitats. The only way to lessen this pollution is to reduce the amount of pollutants washed away by storm water.
Did You Know…
The City’s storm water drainage system is separate from the sanitary sewer system (indoor sinks, toilets, etc). The sanitary sewer system drains to the wastewater treatment plant while the storm water system drains to area streams.
What is Storm Water Pollution?
Any toxic discharge that enters into the storm water sewer system , as storm water flows (or snow melts), it picks up debris, chemicals - such as fertilizers and pesticides - dirt, cigarette butts and other pollutants. This discharge enters a storm sewer system and is discharged to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.
Improving Storm Water Quality
Residents can help alleviate stormwater pollution in several ways:
Practice dry cleanup methods when cleaning your driveway or sidewalk. By using a broom instead of a hose, debris will be prevented from entering storm drain inlets and eventually streams. Also, use cat litter to soak up leaked oil, which can be then thrown away in the trash once dry.
Have your soil tested. A soil test is an inexpensive and informative way to determine the quality of your soil. The laboratory will test soil pH, nutrient content, and percentage of organic matter. From these results, you can determine exactly what nutrients your lawn and garden need, which will help minimize the use of chemicals which can runoff into streams.
Use phosphorus-free lawn fertilizers. Phosphorus runoff from lawns is washed into streams and lakes, where it encourages algae growth. But only newly-seeded lawns or phosphorus-deficient soils (as indicated by testing) require phosphorus. When buying lawn fertilizer, look for the three numbers on the bag and choose products where the middle number is zero. This indicates that the fertilizer does not contain phosphorus (the other numbers indicated the amount of nitrogen and potassium, respectively).
When painting, do not rinse brushes off in the lawn or dump extras into storm drains. Instead, rinse brushes and rollers off in a sink or tub, and drop your extra paint off at the household hazardous waste facility for reuse.
Clean up immediately after your pets and throw the waste into the trash or in the toilet. Otherwise, disease causing pathogens in the waste can be transferred directly into streams.
Dispose of lawn waste in compost piles and use a mulching mower. Never place leaves or other lawn debris in waterways because it will cause a decrease in oxygen in waterways, killing fish.
Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Use native plants in your landscaping to reduce the need for watering during dry periods. Consider directing downspouts away from paved surfaces onto lawns and other measures to increase infiltration and reduce polluted runoff.
Do not wash cars, RVs, or boats at home because the detergent laden water runs into storm drains and then into creeks. Remember, soap destroys dirt and organisms, it will do the same in creeks. Instead, go to a full or self serve car wash because the water used there is cleaned in a waste water treatment plant.
Report any illegal dumping into storm drainage inlets, such as soil running off of construction sites into drains, or falling septic systems.
Adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood by yourself or with neighbors, and take turns cleaning away debris from it after storm events.
Do not drain your swimming pool, spa water, or filter back flush water directly into a storm drain. Direct this water into the sanitary sewer or allow it to overland flow to a storm inlet after it has been dechlorinated.
Spilling, dumping, or discharging chemicals, dirt, debris, oil or other non-storm water substances into ditches, creeks, streams, curb drains, storm drains, or the river is a violation of federal, state, and local regulations. Allowing sediment or chemicals to wash off a construction site is also a violation. If you have witnessed an act that you feel is a violation of clean water regulations, anywhere within the city limits, please report the activity to the City Public Works Department at 417-673-6297
If calling after regular business hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and the problem requires immediate attention, please call 673-1911.
The City of Webb City is required to have and comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for its stormwater drainage system, known as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System(MS4). This permit requires the City to administer a storm water management program to address the potential for discharges from the MS4 to negatively impact area waterways by reducing both pollutants in
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The City of Webb City wastewater collection system consists of a total of 63 miles of pipe, 9 lift stations, and over 1000 manholes. This vital infra-structure is put in place to maintain sanitary conditions for the important residents of our city. This entire system has recently had its assets physical location and elevation recorded by a sophisticated GPS (Global Position System) unit so that this information can be added to a GIS (Geographic Information System) data base.This data base which includes electronic mapping will be invaluable to assist the waste water department in quickly finding covered manholes, and designing future main line replacements, and extensions of the collection system.
The wastewater collections department consists of a five man crew who professionally serve the residents by maintaining the system in the best possible condition they can. Their assignments are to inspect, clean, replace, and maintain our collection system. The crew is able to perform these duties respectively along with responding to emergency calls, and replacing broken down sections of sewer pipe. The crew utilizes several pieces of equipment to accomplish these great tasks which includes: a powerful rodding machine to break up tough roots, a powerful water powered jet truck, that also has a large 10 inch vacuum hose that cleans the lines and clears clogs of small roots and grease, a remote controlled camera to travel inside of sewer mains to inspect, and record the conditions of pipes, and manholes for cracks. To replace, and install new sewer mains the crew has procured a backhoe, an excavator, and two dump trucks. Under the direction of Director William Runkle this important work is orchestrated by Superintendent: John Pottorff, and Foreman: Darren Chitwood, along with three laborers. Between both Darren and John they have over 55 years experience in the construction and utility industries. John has worked in both the construction, and municipal industries; Darren has worked in construction, municipal, and private sector utility industry for 30+ years.
This invaluable crew was assembled to help re mediate one of the greatest challenges of collection systems everywhere across the country; caused by an aging infrastructure, and old outdated plumbing practices of the time. This challenge has an acronym called SSO’s and it stands for Sanitary Sewer Overflow; an unsanitary situation where, during high rain events, some singular locations in the system cannot fully contain both the waste water and rain water. During an SSO, the water will surcharge, or overflow through a manhole. This event is primarily caused by a situation with another acronym - I&I which stands for Inflow & Infiltration. Inflow is caused from storm water drains being connected to the sanitary sewer system instead of being connected to a separate storm water system. Infiltration is caused by pipes 50 to 100 years old or more, that are cracked and broken down which allows ground water to enter in to the collection system. During a rain event you could see how this could present a very big problem. Because of the potential public health hazard, residents are strongly encouraged to call the wastewater department if they witness water discharging from a manhole.
We also contract with specialized companies who can install a permanent liner inside of the sewer main in areas where it makes more sense to line vs. digging the main up and replacing it. These are the more congested areas and where the sewer main is extremely deep in the ground.
For questions or concerns about our wastewater system please call 673-6297.
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Water Distribution Department
The City strives to keep and maintain clean, safe drinking water. With a 4-member water crew, (3 hold state DS3 (Distribution System 3) licensing, 3 have state Class C (Water Treatment) licensing), the Public Works Water Department constructs new lines and maintains the city-wide water system. Hydrants are flushed on a regular basis by both the water department and fire department crews to help keep stagnant water from building in the lines. Chlorine is added to the lines to help keep bacteria from forming.
The city employs an electronic monitoring system, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), that transmits tower water levels, chlorine levels and PH levels to a central computer located in the Public Works building to help better maintain higher-quality drinking water.
If you have questions about your water bill, please call 417-673-4651
For questions about the water system or if you see a water leak, please call 417-673-6297
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