Operations & Maintenance

The City of University Place Public Works Department is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the municipal separate stormwater system. 

Staff work diligently to operate and maintain University Place’s stormwater system for efficient conveyance, storage, and in some cases, treatment of stormwater before it is discharged to surface or ground waters, to reduce localized flooding, decrease instances of erosion, and allow treatment processes to function properly.

Inspection, operation, and maintenance of:

  • Catch basins
  • Detention/retention ponds
  • Stormwater flow control and treatment facilities (vaults and filter vaults)
  • Miles of pipe and roadside ditches
  • Stormwater pump stations
  • Culverts and channels
  • Miles of Roads, sidewalks, curb and gutter
  • Creeks
  • Wetlands

Examples of operations and maintenance activities:

  • Respond to and clean up spills and illicit discharges
  • Clear debris from roadside ditches, inlets, outlets and culverts to prevent and alleviate flooding
  • Inspect catch basins, flow control and treatment facilities
  • Install and restore structures, pipes, culverts, ditches, etc.
  • Remove sediment and debris from roads, sidewalks, curb and gutter, structures, pipes, culverts, swales, ditches, etc.
  • Manage vegetation in ponds, bio-retention swales, wetlands, ditches, and right of way

City Stormwater Drainage Map