Public Works

Storm Water Information

What is storm water? Storm water is water from rain, snow, and sleet. It travels down the gutter or off hard surfaces into the storm drain system and/or open drain ditches. Storm water starts out clean. It is very rarely treated, unlike sewer. It is estimated that one-half of the pollutants in our waterways come from storm water.
Where does storm water end up? Storm water flows directly into our rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes. In Plain City, it is a very short distance to these receiving waters. Storm water collects everything in its path from the open land, roadways, parking lots, construction sites, driveways, gutters, storm drains, and ditches and it all ends up in our rivers, creeks, and lakes.
What can I put in the storm drain? No chemicals of any kind should ever be put into the storm drain system, including gutters, catch basins, ditches, creeks, etc.! When someone does dispose of harmful items (gasoline, oil, antifreeze, paint products, pesticides, herbicides, etc.), they open themselves up to criminal prosecution, as well as a civil action obligating them for the cost of the cleanup. This will include all areas that it may affect downstream.
What about washing my car in the driveway? When washing your vehicles or other equipment, use environmentally safe soaps. Keep the wash water and rinse water on the grass as much as possible.

What if I accidentally have a spill or witness a spill?
Here are some numbers you could call:
*Dial 911
*State of Utah Environmental Response (801) 536-4123
*Utah Division of Water Quality (801) 538-4123
*Environmental Health at Weber/Morgan Health Department (801) 591-7168
or 1-800-458-0145
*Plain City Public Works (801) 731-4908

Plain City Storm Water Management Plan 2016

PDF - Document
Snow Removal  

Well it's that time of year again. Snow season is here. The Public Works Department would like to express our sincere THANKS for all the cooperation and patience that has been shown in the past.

A couple of things to remember this year:

Pushing the snow from your driveway and sidewalk into the road is prohibited. (7-1-2)

Parking on roadside is prohibited any time snow removal is needed up to 48 hours after the
snowstorm. (6-1-3)

These codes can be found on the Plain City website @ plaincityutah.org.


3. We have a small staff with one large snowplow and two small snowplows. The main roads will be the first priority, then secondary roads, then subdivisions. We understand that sometimes the plow comes after you have cleaned off your driveway. We apologize for that, but unfortunately we can't be everywhere at once. Please be patient!

Important Sewer Information

We’re called “Plain City” because we live on the plains. So in our area, the sewer has to go through several lift (pump) stations to get to the sewer lagoons. We have experienced problems with lift stations in some areas. Sometimes cleaning cloths, even “disposable” ones, have been flushed down the toilet and have become caught in the pumps causing costly problems. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper. If the sewer pump jams, this could mean a backup in your home. The Public Works Department would appreciate your cooperation, so that won’t happen.
Public Works Department

Here are a few suggestions from the Public Works Department:

Street Sweeping:

Hopefully, those of you living in subdivisions that have curb and gutter have noticed the street sweeper coming around twice a year. This is to help keep our streets clean and looking nice. Not to mention, it helps with the water quality in the receiving streams. If for some reason, there is a vehicle parked along the curb at the time it is being swept, we ask that the homeowner sweep out that section of curb. Also, if you are having any type of dirt delivered to your property, it is against the law to have it placed in the street, in the gutter or on the sidewalk.

Street Lights:

If anyone notices a street light that is not operating properly, whether it is not coming on, staying on, or just looking bad, please give us a call, (801) 731-4908 we will be more than happy to get the problem resolved.
After all, lights that operate properly help keep the honest people honest.


Sewer:

Just a reminder! If the power goes out, please try and refrain from using the facilities as much as possible. Currently there are still nine, of the seventeen sewer lift stations that do not have an emergency power source. This really proves to be a challenge when the power is out.

We are still having a huge problem with illegal connections! Sump pumps are being tied into the sewer, usually inside of the house. This creates a large amount of water to be pumped and treated, which is a big cost to all of the residents of Plain City. If a sump pump is required at your home, the proper place for the water to drain is into the curb. If there are any questions, please call the office.

We are also experiencing issues with the lift station pumps in some areas. Sometimes cleaning cloths, even the “disposable” ones, have been flushed down the toilet and have become caught in the pumps causing costly problems. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper. If the sewer pump jams, this could mean a backup in your home. The Public Works Department would appreciate your cooperation, so that won't happen.

Garbage Cans:

Please bring your can in from the street as soon as possible after it has been emptied. We are seeing a lot of them being left out on the side of the street for extended periods of time. If they are brought in, it will help cut down on the cost of having to replace damaged cans and possibly stop them from disappearing.

Thanks for your cooperation!
Plain City Public Works Department.

Curb-side Recycling

The Plain City Council voted unanimously to institute a city-wide curb-side recycling program. Econo-Waste (our garbage hauler) has delivered a blue can to each resident within the city limits. Attached to the can are instructions on what items can be placed inside the can and when the pick-up dates will be. Blue cans will be picked up every other week on normal pick-up days. Black cans will continue to be picked up every week on normal pick-up day. This program will begin the 1 st of September and will cost each household $3.15 per month. The fee will be included on your Bona Vista bill. In September 2009, the city council will review the rate in hopes that this new program will lower the tipping fee for regular household garbage and hopefully that will mean a savings to you.

Recycling Do's & Don'ts for the Blue Cart

Public Works – Sewer

The public works department is in the process of upgrading our sewer system by installing back-up generators at each of the sewer lift stations around the city. These generators will protect us in the event of a power failure. As an added protection, we strongly encourage homeowners to have a backflow preventer check valve installed on the sewer lateral. This will help prevent any backups from entering your home. If you have a backflow preventer and it is working properly in your lateral, we are confident that the sewer sludge will not back up into your house.

We are currently doing a rotational maintenance program for our sewer lines. This involves cleaning and video inspections of all the main sewer lines. Rotational maintenance will help the city identify any potential problem in that line as well as any illegal connections. It is against state law to drain into the sewer system for anything other than sewer. Illegal connections are being found from sump-pumps, trench drains in driveways, rain gutter downspouts, dog run drains, etc. If you suspect that your home might be connected to the sewer illegally, please contact the city for advice; otherwise the city will have no choice but to impose the necessary fines.

* Just a reminder from the public works department. There are certain things that should never be flushed
down the toilet. Believe it or not, we have found diapers, towels, sanitary napkins, underwear, and other clothing items in our sewer system. These things cause the sewer pumps to fail and are very costly to remove from the pumps. They can also cause the sewer to back up and flood homes. Also, in the event of a power failure, please try to limit the use of the facilities in your home. Most of the sewer lift stations do not have emergency power sources.