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One of the ways that the Stormwater Program accomplishes its mission to "Protect People and Property from Harmful Stormwater Runoff", is through MAINTAINING existing systems of pipes and channels to function as designed.


Drainage System Maintenance


The City of Fort Worth’s Stormwater Management Field Operations crews work hard to maintain the drainage systems throughout the city. The primary stormwater drainage system infrastructure includes maintenance of channels, pipes, inlets and culverts.




Stormwater crews maintain approximately 230 miles of channels that convey stormwater. Stormwater Management provides routine and major maintenance to engineered drainage channels that are located within a City dedicated drainage easement.

Routine work consists of:

  • removing sediment and debris accumulation that could stop the flow of water
  • re-stabilizing side slopes of natural channels
  • repairing concrete in man-made channels
  • Our regular mowing program clears overgrown vegetation within or adjacent to natural channels.

Major maintenance is prioritized based on risk, considering the availability of Stormwater Program resources.

Note: routine trash pick-up is normally the responsibility of the underlying property owner.



The Stormwater CCTV Program crew performs video inspection to gather data, which helps us make informed decisions about pipe rehabilitation efforts. CCTV inspections determine the condition, and any necessary action to existing pipes such as:

  • Clean
  • Repair
  • Replacement



Stormwater crews inspect and clean more than 30,000 storm drain inlets within the system.

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 and blocked inlets to TPW Customer Service and crews will investigate



Stormwater crews inspect and clean more than inspect and clean more than 4,000 culverts within the system.

Maintenance Field Crew Storm Preparation

Storm prep performed by Stormwater Field Operations Maintenance Crews, includes the following steps:

  • Pre-Rainstorm Preventative Measures:
    Clean pipes, channels, inlets and culverts in known highly flood prone areas.
  • During a Rainstorm:
    Cautionary safety actions only, such as placing barricades to block a flooded roadway
  • Post-Storm Measures:
    Cleanup activities such as remove storm debris from pipes, inlets, channels and culverts in known highly flood prone areas, so that these infrastructures are returned to their normal function, in order to convey water for the next rain event.

Property Owners Storm Preparation Steps:

Property owners can take the following steps to prevent flooding to your property:

  • Sandbags(PDF, 77KB)
  • Temporary flood barriers
  • Remember...
  • Cleaning blocked inlets by TPW crew
  • Ensure that summer grass clippings and autumn leaves are left on lawns or bagged for proper pickup and disposal.
  • Storm drain inlets are not trash cans! Safely remove trash, debris and other obstructions that might block the flow of water to the drainage system.
    • Contact Code Department’s Solid Waste Division 817-392-1234 to pick up trash earlier than scheduled if possible.
      Otherwise, move to garage or more secured area.
    • Secure lawn furniture and toys that might float away in water and clog inlets or channels.

Private Drainage Concerns

A drainage problem within your own lot---or water running from your neighbor's lot into your own---is considered to be a private drainage matter, and therefore is not regulated by the City of Fort Worth.

Helpful resources in this situation would include contacting an engineer or landscape professional to assist you in solving the drainage issue on your private property.

If your own efforts at a solution to drainage issues with your neighbor can't be resolved, contact Stormwater Customer Service to request assistance with next steps at clarifying private drainage responsibilities

Illegal Dumping

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 stream beds, 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.

Standing Water & Mosquito Control Concerns

Combatting Mosquitos, West Nile & Zika Viruses in standing stormwater runoff:

Remember the 4 D’s: Drain, Deet, Dress, Dusk & Dawn

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they also can carry viruses.

Reducing the mosquito population and your risk of being bitten by them is the best
way to prevent infection. It’s as easy as Five by Five.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and those in your home:

  1. Avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  2. Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin.
  3. Wear long sleeves and pants to leave less of your skin exposed. Spraying clothing with permethrin provides extra protection.
  4. Remove mosquito habitats from your property. Drain standing water where can mosquitoes breed, and maintain your swimming pool. Any amount of standing water can give mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs. The city is calling on residents to help control mosquito population by working with your neighbors to find standing water. Visit the EPA website for more information.


Mosquito traps have been placed at 42 Fort Worth fire stations, and will monitored. Mosquitoes will be tested, in partnership with Tarrant County Public Health, for. West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis.

Mosquitoes are not tested for the Zika virus since this virus hasn’t been identified locally.

Mosquito FAQ:

Q: Does Code or The City of Fort Worth place mosquito dunks at the request of residents? If so, do we place them on private property?

A: We cannot treat private property for mosquitos, instead the the property owner will need to provide treatment. We can however provide mosquito dunks at no charge for the property owner to use. If a property owner makes a report of standing water, a health inspector will conduct an investigation of the surrounding area to see if there are any issues on public property that we can address. If there is an issue within the private property, the inspector will then advise the property owner on what they can do decrease mosquito-prone areas on their own property.

For more information on ways to protect yourself, visit and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.