Waterwise: Only Rain in the Drain

Graphic: EPA

Unlike the sanitary sewer, water entering storm drains goes directly to the North Platte River without cleaning or treatment.

Any substances caught in stormwater flow contributes to the contamination and degradation of the river. That’s why ONLY rain runoff or snowmelt is allowed to in the gutter.

Waterwise: More Than a Pretty Parking Lot

Parking Lots 8 & 16 in Downtown Scottsbluff Photo: L. Sato

Scottsbluff’s downtown parking lots provide more than just parking and pretty greenspace.

The gardens are designed to help curb pollution from snow and rain runoff through infiltration and phytoremediation (the use of plants to fight pollutants), make snow removal more efficient in the winter, reduce reflective heat in the summer, provide pollinator habitat, help recharge groundwater reserves, and feature regionally native plants and trees for the Nebraska Panhandle.

Waterwise: FOG Disposal


Avoid putting Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOGs) down the drain to prevent clogs.

Residential customers should cool and contain FOGs in leak proof containers for disposal in the trash.

City of Scottsbluff restaurants and businesses with oil traps are required to have traps cleaned once containment reaches 20% or more of capacity. Monthly maintenance is reported to the City each quarter and annual inspections by the City to check traps are conducted per City Code.