Maintenance of Drainage System

The Village of Palmetto Bay's storm water system consists of both open-infiltration segments and closed-pipeline segments. The open sections are drainage swales, canals, and ditches. The closed sections are made up of storm water inlets and piping which also carries storm water from streets and development runoff to drainage areas such as outfalls which lead to canals.

Obstructing Flow


Debris in the swales, catch basins, curb inlets, and pipes obstructs the flow of water causing overflow on to the roads and into yards. That is why maintenance of these systems is very important. Obstruction of these storm sewer systems reduces the flood flow capacity and results in flooding of streets and yards. The Village maintains these systems to an adequate flow capacity. The Public Works Department has updated its storm sewer system maintenance procedures.
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In-house Village personnel and contractors maintain the drainage system on a regular basis. Activities include flood response and investigation, infrastructure repair, pipe cleaning and repair, dump debris removal, drain inlet clearings, swale contouring, and other associated duties. In addition, the Village of Palmetto Bay is currently in the process of updating the Stormwater Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to identify, prioritize and implement local drainage projects throughout the Village of Palmetto Bay to reduce flooding in our village streets.

Routine Maintenance


Residents are required to perform routine maintenance on swales located directly adjacent to their properties. This includes mowing, removal of high weeds and removing litter. The swales are not to be paved, re-graded or altered prior to submittal and approval of plans and issuance of permits through our Building and Public Works Department. Also remember, dumping into the swales and inlets is a violation of the Village Ordinances, and is punishable by fines.