Storm Sewers

…the Village asks you to do your part to keep the curbs and sewers free and cleaned-up from anything, such as leaves, that can spill into the Storm Sewer System

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PRECIPITATION:  a deposit on the earth of hail, mist, rain, sleet, melting ice and snow, or irrigation water…in other words: H2O

When a precipitous event occurs, several things can happen to the precipitation:

• some infiltrates into the soil surface  • some is taken up by plants  • some is evaporated into the atmosphere

STORMWATER RUN-OFF:   the remainder of Precipitation that flows over land, roads, and impervious surfaces that drain into sewers and/or streams, rivers, and lakes immediately following a precipitous event instead of being absorbed into the ground or evaporating

Stormwater Run-Off discharges from:

• land • pavements • building and house rooftops • and other impervious surfaces

The purpose of our Storm Sewer System is to prevent flooding of our streets by quickly and efficiently transferring Stormwater Run-Off into street sewers and into trunk lines that eventually empty into Lake Erie and the Chagrin River.

Stormwater Run-Off accumulates pollutants as it travels across the land and roadways such as:

• leaves • dirt and debris • sediment • oil and grease • pesticides • chemicals • nutrients • metals • bacteria

Anything that enters our Storm Sewer System is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

Polluted Stormwater Run-Off is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.

Councilperson Shannon Sharma is the Official responsible for legislation relating to Storm Sewers and works with the  Mayor in regards to Storm Sewers maintenance and replacement in matters pertaining to flooding and water problems.

Shannon can be contacted at (440) 571-4246 •

You can manage Stormwater Run-Off on your property by adding:*

*Some improvements require a PERMIT. See the Permits page for more information on obtaining a Permit for any of your improvement projects.

• a SWALE to your yard: a depression in a landscape to redirects and slows water’s path to sewer drains

• a DOWNSPOUT DIVERTER to prevent flooding next to the walls and to get water out to lower ground

• a FRENCH DRAIN to redirect water away from an area through a perforated pipe in a rock filled trench

• larger, heavier HARDWOOD MULCHES to temporarily hold water instead of smaller, lighter chips floating away

RAIN BARRELS or CISTERNS to capture water from your roof and hold it for later use such as on lawns, gardens or indoor plants, reducing the amount of water that flows onto your property.

• a RAIN GARDEN with high wet soil tolerance providing a place for water to pool during a downpour, allowing it to then slowly percolate back into the soil