The Utilities Department provides stormwater management services to maintain stormwater infrastructure, improve stormwater quality, and protect the community from flooding. Stormwater drainage lines are located throughout the entire city. Rain water flows off urban streets, parking lots, construction sites, and neighborhoods, where it is then channeled into the City's stormwater drainage system of pipes and ditches. Its final destination is our creeks, bays, estuaries, and oceans.
The City has two divisions in the Utility Department responsible for managing stormwater. Stormwater – Maintenance of Lines division maintains inlets, pipes, and drains to provide adequate levels of drainage and flood protection. The Stormwater – Pollution Prevention Team manages activities associated with the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permit to minimize pollution from entering stormwater.
To report flooding issues or illegal discharge and dumping into the stormwater system please call the City’s Call Center at (361) 826- CITY (2489).
Learn more about what stormwater is, how it becomes polluted, and the division’s educational and outreach programs!
Volunteers have put the message “No Dumping – Drains to Waterways” onto hundreds of storm drain inlets to help reduce illegal discharges of pollutants into the storm drain system. Learn how to participate in this important program.
Learn about how construction sites can cause stormwater pollution and state and City requirements for construction sites that help reduce pollution entering our local creeks, bays, and estuaries.
Learn about sources of stormwater pollution including pet and yard waste, household hazardous waste, and improper use of fertilizers and pesticides, and how City Ordinances help prevent pollution from entering our stormwater and bays and estuaries.
In most areas, streets are considered part of the drainage system. Learn about what you can do if your street floods.
Daniel M. Grimsbo, P.E. – Executive Director of Water Utilities
Daniel M. Grimsbo was named the Executive Director of Water Utilities in June 2017. He previously served as Interim Director of Water Utilities and Director of Development Services from September 2014 through January 2017. As the Executive Director of Water Utilities, he supervises the operations of the water treatment and distribution system and the waste water treatment and collection system.
He retired from the Navy, Civil Engineer Corps after 22 years of service in 2009. He has 21 years of progressive project experience in all facets of engineering management from facilities planning and construction, budgeting and construction contracting, to utility and facility maintenance. In addition, he as eight years of experience in naval nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, construction, and testing.
His Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering is from The Citadel and his Master of Urban and Regional Planning is from the University of Illinois and his Master of Science Business Organizational Management is from the University of La Verne. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Planner and Certified Energy Manager.