Drainage System Maintenance

Maintenance system worker

The City of Fort Worth’s Stormwater Management Field Operations crews work hard to maintain the drainage systems throughout the city.

It is illegal in the City of Fort Worth to dump any type of debris into a stream, river or drainage ditch. This debris can become entangled in culverts, shallow streambeds, or drainage ditches and impede drainage causing the flow of water to back up. Residents of Fort Worth should also keep drainage ditches on their property free of debris, foliage and vegetation that would impede the flow of water. Debris dumping should be reported to the City of Fort Worth’s Code Compliance Department by calling 817-392-1234.


Cleaning blocked inlets by TPW crew

Blocked Inlets

Street flooding is often the result of storm drains that are too small to handle heavy runoff. In other cases, though, the drain may need cleaning. Report street flooding to TPW Customer Service and crews will investigate.



Maintenance of drainage channel by TPW

Drainage Channel Maintenance

Stormwater Management provides routine and major maintenance to engineered drainage channels that are located within a City dedicated drainage easement. Routine work consists of erosion repair, sediment removal, vegetation management (such as mowing) and removal of downed trees and other blockages.  Major maintenance is prioritized based on risk considering the availability of Stormwater Program resources.  Routine trash pick-up is normally the responsibility of the underlying property owner.