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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions (please click on section title for answers): 

About the Local Storm Drain System

  • What is a catch basin?
  • Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
  • Do catch basins and storm drains get cleaned out?
  • Can catch basins be cleaned out right before a storm?
  • Can filters or screens be installed in front of catch basins?
  • Why isn't a net/fence/barrier installed at the end of a storm drain channel?
  • Why doesn't the County build a regional stormwater treatment facility?
  • What kinds of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?
  • How much water passes through the storm drain system?

About Illegal Dumping

  • What are Reno, Sparks and Washoe County doing about illegal dumping?
  • On occasion, I see people dumping used oil into storm drains. What can I do?
  • What happens if I see a neighbor, or know someone who's throwing trash into a storm drain?
  • How can I properly dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze and old car batteries?
  • I have some paint/thinners/chemicals at home that need to be disposed of. Where can I take these?
  • I have some old pesticides and herbicides at home that need to be disposed of. Where can I take these?

About the Program

  • What is the Truckee Meadows Regional Stormwater Quality Management Program?
  • What is Truckee Meadows Interlocal Stormwater Committee?
  • What kind of educational programs or informational materials are there available about ?
  • I have often seen stencils or markers over catch basins and other structures. How do I get a stencil or marker for a catch basin near me?
  • I have some paint, paint thinner, chemicals, batteries at home that I need to dispose of. How do I do it?
  • How can I be environmentally responsible when washing my car?
  • Yard clippings and leaves are natural, so they don't cause any storm drain problems, right?