Stormwater

The City of Kings Mountain Stormwater Services provides comprehensive management of the stormwater drainage system to protect our community and environment.

Everything that enters our stormwater system through catch basins and stormwater ditches travels through our system and is released unfiltered to the Catawba River Basin or the Broad River Basin.  These river basins provide drinking water and recreational waters for families downstream from us.

NC POOPER SCOOPER LAW

UPDATED: NOV 13, 2019 

The person responsible for any dog must remove feces deposited by the dog from any private property unless the owner of the property has given permission allowing such use of the property. Removal of animal feces is not just a courtesy, it is an environmental necessity.

When animal feces are not removed as required by law, rain water carries it into the storm drains. The City's Stormwater system is separate and does not treat water. This gravity-directed system merely carries Stormwater complete with litter, including animal feces, on its natural path to the creeks and streams that feed into the Catawba River and the Broad River  -- both of these rivers are a source of drinking water for our neighbors in North and South Carolina. 

The animal feces that you see going into that Stormwater drain will wind up in our creeks, streams and Rivers. This pollution leads to the development of oxygen-robbing algae and other problem organism which can cause fish kills and human health threats.


Doing Your Part


In order to help us keep our Stormwater from having a negative effect on the quality of water flowing to our downstream neighbors, and to help us meet the mandates of the Federal Clean Water Act, the City of Kings Mountain Stormwater Department asks that all yard waste (grass, weeds, flowers, limbs, and leaves) be placed behind the curb and out of gutters, ditches or roadway for collection. Leaves and grass must be bagged and placed behind curb except during Leaf Season which runs from Mid-October until Mid-February.  We also ask that when cutting your grass, do not blow grass onto street or in ditch lines. If you use a lawn service, please advise them of these rules so that we can keep our Stormwater system clear and prevent flooding conditions which can occur when catch basins and ditch lines are covered by debris.

If violations are found, a door hanger will be placed at the residents home to make them aware of these rules.  Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation in keeping our Stormwater system clean.

Winter Weather
When a winter storm is predicted you can help us by removing obstacles, such as basketball goals, vehicles, etc. from the roadway.  This will allow us to spread brine (see Winter Weather page) or plow snow without damage to personal property or our vehicles.
 
Doing Our Part
The City Stormwater Department was established November 26, 2013 to meet the terms of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or "Clean Water Act" reorganized and expanded by Congress in 1972.

Leaves

LEAF SEASON 2021-2022
October 18, 2021 thru February 11, 2022

Starting in October each year the City’s Public Works Department begins the process of retrieving leaves left at the roadside behind the curb.  “Only leaves will be vacuumed.” This "leaf season" runs thru mid-February.  At all other times leaves must be bagged for pickup.  Other pickups will remain as noted above. 

City leaf crews will be operating a route that will encompass the entire City. You can expect to have your leaves removed within 14-21 business days depending upon the amount of leaves raked out for collection. It is our goal to make it to every street within this specified time. We ask for your patience as we try to accommodate all of our citizens during this time.  The vacuum is unable to process leaf piles that are full of sticks and these piles will be left for the knuckle-boom to collect on their route.  Sticks, twigs and limbs piled separately will be collected by the knuckle-boom crew.   Please call the Stormwater Department with any leaf collection questions at 704-734-4501. 

We respectfully ask that you place all leaves in the grass area behind the curb and off the roadway.  This will assist the City in complying with the Federal Mandated Water Pollution Control Guidelines, by preventing leaves from washing into the storm drains, causing blockages and increases in sedimentation and other organic materials.  It is illegal to blow grass clippings and leaves into the roadway ref. NC General Assembly Chapter 136; Transportation Article 7 Miscellaneous Provision 136-90 & 136-91.


The Department runs a street sweeper to keep the city streets as clean as possible and thus keeping debris out of the Stormwater system.  

The Department has established a schedule to check and clean the catch basins throughout the City.  If you see a catch basin (storm drain) that is covered with or filled with debris please give us a call at the number shown.  Grass clippings or leaves should never be placed into, on, or near a catch basin.  Leaves and grass clippings placed in the roadway or gutter will be carried by the water into the storm drain during a rain event and therefore should never be placed in the roadway or gutter.  If you observe anyone putting anything into a catch basin please give us a call.  Only rain should go down the storm drain.
  
We have begun a survey of the City Stormwater System to locate and identify all ditches and water conveyances for which we are responsible.  We will be prioritizing any of these conveyances which need maintenance and will be working to bring them up to City standards.  We are making every effort to do this in a timely manner and we appreciate your patience. 

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call us or email us using the contact information noted to the right.