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Swales and managing storm water

Swales are located on some private property along the back fence or the side of the property. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to keep the swale clear and free of snow, ice and debris. Please check your swale frequently and remove all snow, ice and debris that may have accumulated.

In addition to clearing your swale of snow/ice/debris, please:

  • avoid planting shrub/tree materials near the swale
  • do not put pavers or other landscaping materials on top of the swale
  • do not use rock, fencing materials or netting to block swale leading into adjacent properties

Rainfall and snowmelt

Rainfall and snowmelt funnel from your roof to your eavestrough and then through your downspout.


Down the downspout

Your downspout directs water away from your foundation.


Swales, gutters and catch basins

Soil absorbs some rain and snowmelt, and the rest should flow to the lowest point of your property to be captured by a swale, gutter or catch basin.


Into the stormwater network

Water then travels within the City’s stormwater network and eventually discharges to Nose Creek.