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The University of Utah is a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) with a discharge permit that was issued by the Utah Division of Water Quality (DWQ) in April 2003. The permit requires a program with six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs), Best Management Practices (BMPs) for each MCM, and Measurable Goals for each BMP. The University’s Storm Water Management Program Plan describes the MCMs, BMPs, measurable goals, target dates, and our program rationale. The University of Utah’s first Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) was completed and submitted to the Utah Division of Water Quality (DWQ) on May 18, 2005, and the SWMP was most recently updated March 29, 2024.

Remember! Only clean water can go down the storm drain:

  • Conduct vehicle maintenance in a proper place, not in a parking lot.
  • Clean up drips and leaks promptly.
  • Keep in mind- all oils, including edible oils, are an environmental hazard.
  • Store oil containers inside secondary containment. If you store several containers of oil, provide enough containment for at least one entire container.
  • Store containers out of the flow of traffic.
  • Tightly close containers when you are not using them
  • Make everyone in the area aware of what is stored and how to respond.
  • Have a spill response kit available in the event of an accident.

As part of the Stormwater Management Plan, the University of Utah prohibits the commencement, conduct, or continuance of any illegal, non-stormwater discharge to the storm drain system. Pollutants include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Household Hazardous Wastes (kitchen and bathroom cleaners, etc.)
  • Oil or other fluids from motor vehicles
  • Pet Waste
  • Trash, litter or debris such as grass clippings
  • Construction site generated pollutants (concrete washout, sediment)

Contact Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety at 801-581-6590, for more information on stormwater pollution prevention or any of the following :

  • To submit questions or comments on the University’s Storm Water Management Plan
  • To report construction site related pollution concerns such as sediment tracking onto streets
  • To report outdoor spills, illegal dumping, or other illicit discharges threatening storm drains

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