Get Disconnected

Get Disconnected to Eliminate Stormwater Runoff

Annual gallons of stormwater disconnected to-date: 15,871,080.

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).

The Stormwater Problem

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.

The Solution

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.

The Solution in Action

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.

Setting & Exceeding GSI Goals

Updated March 2016

In 2011 Puyallup began cataloging GSI installations throughout the city. To help track our community's progress toward protecting our local streams and river, a goal was set: 10% of the households in Puyallup install some form GSI. This would keep 9 million gallons of stormwater (and the pollution with it) out of our local streams and river each year.
It took only 2 years to achieve that goal, and we've continued adding more pervious surfaces every year since. Congratulations Puyallup on reaching your goal! This graph shows how we've spread out the GSI methods (JPG). Permeable pavements certainly work to remove the most impervious surface, but you'll see in the list to the right, rain gardens remain the most popular choice!
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Methods Graph
Let's not stop there - the more stormwater we manage the right way, the healthier our streams and river can get, and the more we can reduce localized flooding. Take a look at the list of GSI installations (PDF) around the city, and visit some of these amazing features. Read about demonstrations in the Rain Garden Program, view past installations, and find out how to participate in the program.

Why Do We Manage Stormwater?

Let's reflect on what stormwater runoff is, where it comes from, and where it goes. Stormwater runoff includes rain, and water runoff from your lawns, rooftops, sidewalks, roadways and other impervious surfaces. Stormwater runoff flows through our stormwater system of drains, pipes, and ditches - untreated - into our streams, rivers, and lakes. That stormwater carries with it pollution such as oil, chemicals, fertilizers and other pollutants it collects along the way.

How do we do our part to stop this residential stormwater pollution (which is the source of nearly 75% of the 140,000 pounds of toxics entering Puget Sound each day)? Green Stormwater Infrastructure - aka Low Impact Development (LID) is the implementation of techniques and structures that allow the on-site treatment and infiltration of stormwater - helping to retain a developed site's natural hydrology the was present before development.