Storm Sewer

The Public Works Department is responsible for the collection and transmission of both storm and sanitary sewage throughout the community through two (2) separate sewage systems, a Storm Sewer Collection System (rain water) and a Sanitary Sewer Collection System (wastewater).  
Storm Sewer SystemNational Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

The Federal Clean Water Act of 1972 is the driving force behind the NPDES requirements which look to improve water quality. The first phase of this act concentrated on point sources of pollution to the nation’s streams, rivers, and ponds. This included pipes from waste treatment plants, factories and construction sites over five acres.

Phase 2 focuses upon the discharges coming from diffuse, non-point sources. All local governments in the State of Illinois with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) are required to “develop, implement and enforce a storm management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable.”

A six component approach is specified including public education, public outreach, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site storm water runoff control, post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment, and good housekeeping measures. Many of the items and activities conducted by the County of DuPage on a county-wide basis satisfy the local requirements for Woodridge. The village’s annual reports are noted below.

The Village and DuPage County work jointly on a variety of stormwater and water quality issues (see also Village of Woodridge Storm Water Management Plan).  DuPage County hosts the DuPage County Stormwater Management website which contains publications for DuPage County residents including brochures, newsletters and useful information for residents concerning best management practices for stormwater runoff, green infrastructure options, rain barrels and native plant resource options, and additional stormwater-related materials. The site also has information on how to minimize the discharge of pollutants, including storage and disposal of fuels, use of soaps in outdoor washing of vehicles and furniture, paint, lawn and garden care, and winter de-icing, amongst other items.  There are additional potential impacts and effects on stormwater discharge due to climate change. More information on this subject can be found on the United States Environmental Protection Agency website. (BMPs) are schedules of activities, prohibitions of practices, maintenance procedures, and structural and/or managerial practices, that when used singly or in combination, prevent or reduce the release of pollutants to surface waters (creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds).  Residents are encouraged to use visit the Dupage County Water Quality webpage for additional stormwater management questions and needs.

To review copies of current and past Woodridge NPDES Notices of Intent, NPDES Annual Reports, or MS4 Reports, please select one of the following:

DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW)
The DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW) was formed in 2005 in response to concerns about TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) being set for the East & West Branches of the DuPage River and Salt Creek.  TMDL’s generally relate to different water quality levels and are mandated by the IEPA and federal EPA. The DRSCW is made up of local communities (including Woodridge), publically owned treatment works and private environmental organizations.  The organization seeks to implement targeted watershed activities that resolve priority water way problems efficiently and cost effectively.  For more information on the watersheds involved in this effort visit the DRSCW website at .  The Village and DuPage County work jointly on a variety of storm water and water quality issues.  The County website also contains a large number of educational and informative publications covering everything from rain barrels to native plants to wetlands and streams.  

Stormwater Project Update:Crabtree Creek Stream bank Stabilization Project (between Westview and Woodridge Drive)

Work at Crabtree Creek (between Westview Lane and Woodridge Drive) is complete. The project included removal of some vegetation along sections of the stream corridor to allow for bank reshaping and the installation of new bank stabilization improvements including baskets, rock toes, rock riffles, and deep rooted native plantings to help hold the banks in place moving forward. The Village had previously completed a stream bank inventory and condition rating that was primarily focused on Village owned waterways.  From that study the Village has attempted to obtain outside funding for higher ranked projects before moving forward with the projects utilizing local funding sources. The Village completed preliminary design work on stream reaches on this section of Crabtree Creek and then partnering with the Woodridge Park District to collectively bid the project and obtain grant funding for this project; the Village on Woodridge property and the Park District improvements on the adjacent (eastern half) Park District owned property. The Village of Woodridge and the Woodridge Park District received grant money from the Illinois EPA and the DuPage County Water Quality Improvement Grant to help fund this streambank stabilization effort. 

Sanitary and Storm System "DONT's"In an effort to maintain sanitary sewer service and avoid unnecessary effluent to the sewage treatment plant, or harm receiving watersheds that storm sewers discharge into, please do not:
  • Drain into a sanitary sewer any water from swimming pools, sump pumps, gutter or downspout drainage or similar surface water
  • Drain or dump into a storm sewer any material intended for a sanitary sewer

    Drain into any sanitary or storm sewer:
  • Acids
  • Drain oil or other flammable or explosive liquid
  • Excessive fats or any oils
  • Fuel oil
  • Garbage
  • Gasoline
  • Glass
  • Grease
  • Metal
  • Mud
  • Noxious gas
  • Odor producing substances
  • Plastics
  • Rags
  • Sand
  • Shavings
  • Straw
  • Wood
  • Any other material which would cause obstructions to the flow of water or internal damage to pipes or to the sewer system