Best Management Practices – FAQs

Here is a list of commonly asked Best Management Practices (click on the link to reveal the answer):

Best Management Practices

Who is responsible for the maintenance of my private storm drain system (drainage basin, pipes, channels, etc?)

If the property is privately owned, the personal owner, developer, homeowners association or property manager designated by property owner is responsible for all maintenance needed for the drainage and storm water facility within property lines.  The City is not responsible for the maintenance of private storm water facilities, and the storm water utility funds are not used to maintain private systems.  City staff will periodically inspect private facilities to ensure that the system operates properly and maintenance is done.

Can I build in, around, or over a drainage ditch that may run through my property?

All additions in, around, or over a drainage ditch must be approved by Carson City’s Public Works Department before any building takes place.

What chemicals or liquids are not okay to pour down my drains? Where can I dispose of hazardous chemicals?

Putting hazardous chemicals, corrosive chemicals, or pharmaceuticals down your household drain is not permitted.  Dispose of any hazardous chemicals including pharmaceuticals, motor oil, antifreeze, transmission oil, etc. at a specified location at the City’s Landfill.

What kinds of fertilizers are best for the health of my lawn and for the Environment if washed down into the storm drains?

Fertilize your turf twice a year, in the late spring and late Summer/early fall, applying only the correct amount so excess fertilizer does not leach through the soil or runoff and contaminate water.  The goal of lawn fertilizer is to stimulate root growth, adding excess amounts of fertilizer or fertilizing more than twice a year will not increase growth.  There are environmentally safe fertilizers (limiting phosphorous and nitrogen) available to purchase.  Minimize the amount of lawn fertilizers and chemicals you apply. Fertilize sparingly and caringly.

How much should I be watering my lawn for sustainable water use and productive lawn growth?

When following your cities watering regulations and rules it is important to remember that watering for a long periods of time is unsuccessful, and that shorter and more frequent watering is healthier for your lawn, and does not waste as much water, nor does it pollute your storm drain.