What does it mean to "Get Disconnected"? Disconnecting from the stormwater system means keeping stormwater on-site where it falls, instead of letting it flow into the stormwater system. This technique of on-site stormwater management is known as Low Impact Development (LID) -aka- Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).
Not only does stormwater runoff carry pollutants from our yards and road into the waterways, but our streams and rivers are not designed to carry these large volumes of stormwater.
Disconnect! By managing stormwater on-site, pollutants are kept out of our waterways and we reduce large volumes of water flowing into our streams, helping to reduce localized flooding.
Since 2009 Puyallup's Rain Garden Program has promoted the installation of rain gardens in the city through demonstration projects to outreach on the issues of stormwater. The construction of Puyallup's City Hall even included many green stormwater infrastructure practices - adding to the successful Gold LEED award for green building.
35 Permeable Pavements
63 Rain Gardens
31 Rain Barrels
2 Green Roofs
(residential and public installations)
How many rain gardens does Puyallup have? Visit the Rain Garden Program webpage for information on past installations, and how to participate in this cost-share program.