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Stormwater Utility

Stormwater Utility Crew cleaning a catch basinThe City of Wenatchee owns and maintains a stormwater utility. The utility includes catch basins in the street and an underground pipe network that transports stormwater to 14 outfalls, of which 12 drain directly into the Columbia River. This system is only intended for rain and snow melt. Garbage, wastewater, oil and other types of waste are prohibited from discharge to the stormwater system. 

If you have a stormwater comment, complaint or compliment please fill out an online Citizen Request.  To report a spill or a stormwater concern, please call our stormwater hotline at (509) 888-3235.  For after-hours emergencies please call 1-800-374-5632.

Since February of 2007, the City of Wenatchee, Chelan County, Douglas County and the City of East Wenatchee have operated their stormwater utilities under the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit issued by the Department of Ecology. This permit requires each jurisdiction to implement a stormwater program with the goal of reducing the amount of pollution in stormwater.

To share resources and implement a consistent regional stormwater program, representatives from both cities and counties have been working together to meet the requirements of the permit. This group is called the Wenatchee Valley Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee (WVSTAC).  For the latest information regarding the regional stormwater program, please visit the WVSTAC page.

Is washing my car at home prohibited?
No, you can continue to wash your car at home just wash your car sensibly so the soapy water does not get into the storm drains. If possible wash your car on grass or a gravel area so the wash water can filter into the ground. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle to reduce the amount of water used. Pour your soapy water out in a sink or an area where it can filter into the ground instead of down the storm drain. For more information:Frequently Asked Questions About Vehicle Washing (pdf)

Construction Stormwater Permits
Information is available about training courses to help determine which construction projects fall under the new construction stormwater general permit.  Please click here for the Erosion and Sediment Control Management Flyer.

Comprehensive Stormwater Plan
The first Comprehensive Stormwater Plan was developed in 2000 to further the goals of the stormwater utility: to protect property, provide urban flood control, and fund maintenance and improvements to the stormwater system.  Over the last decade the City has completed many of the improvements set forth in the 2000 Plan and has seen the stormwater system grow with new development. 

City staff, with HDR Engineering, completed an update to the original Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan updates City policies, addresses new stormwater regulations and sets forth capital improvement projects through 2018.  On May 25, 2010 the City of Wenatchee Comprehensive Plan Update was adopted by City Council. 


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