Storm Water Management
To report illegal trash and debris dumping, please visit the Code Compliance page.
Storm Water Management - Standard Operating Procedures
Common Illicit Discharge Violations
- Chlorinated backwash and draining associated with swimming pools
- Commercial car wash
- Contaminated foundation drains
- Cooling water unless no chemicals added or has TPDES permit
- Fats, oils, and grease from residential or commercial cooking activities
- Fertilizers, pesticides, lawn/landscape waste
- Household toxins
- Industrial discharges
- Oil, anti-freeze, paint, cleaning fluids
- Sanitary sewer discharges
- Septic tank discharges
- Wash waters from commercial/industrial activities
- Washing machine discharges
Reporting Illicit Discharges
When reporting Illicit Discharges, include the following information:
- Date and time of the violation
- Description of what is being discharged into the storm system
- License plate number and description of the offending vehicle (if applicable)
- Personal description of the violator
- Specific street location within the city
- Your name and telephone number (helpful to investigate and prosecute and you can remain anonymous)
Erosion Control & Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
The City of Allen must submit an annual report of our Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality each year. This report includes our progress towards achieving program benchmarks, and permit compliance. Additionally, current permit parameters require the City of Allen to post our submitted annual report for public viewing:
- Be a Scooper Hero! Doo The Right Thing Video
- Cease the Grease Video
- Defend Your Drains
- Fred the Fish Video
- Know Where it Goes Brochure
- Stormwater Pollution Video
- Stormwater to Drinking Water Video
What You Can Do To Help
Law enforcement officials need your help in fighting environmental crime. Citizens can take an active role in stopping illicit discharges by following the suggestions listed below:
- Always dispose of your own chemicals properly. Find out how to safely and easily dispose of a residential thermostat for free.
- Organize volunteer cleanups of waterway areas
- Spread the word to friends and neighbors that an illicit discharge is a crime
- Verify your contractors and/or vehicles are not causing chemicals to enter storm drains
Several national comprehensive studies have indicated that storm water runoff pollution within highly urbanized areas is a major contributor to water pollution in the United States. As rain falls and storm water runoff collects and travels over urban lands, it picks up and carries pollutants through municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and ultimately on to streams, lakes, rivers and other water sources impairing water quality.
Under the authority of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a storm water permitting program with the goal of significantly reducing the pollution source. The City of Allen has been designated by the EPA as an urbanized area and therefore must make application to discharge storm water to waters of the United States.
View the City of Allen TPDES Permit.
Our current permit was accepted on November 17, 2014 and expires on December 13, 2018. Upon request, the public may view and copy the City of Allen application for General Permit Authorization No. TXR040092 at City Hall, 305 Century Parkway, Allen, Texas 75013.