Property Owner Drainage Responsibilities
Homeowners are ultimately responsible for rainwater that collects on their property since state law prohibits cities from making improvements on private land. However, if you have questions regarding private-property drainage, "lot-to-lot" drainage issues in which property owners might be experiencing problems due to a neighboring property, or Southlake's floodplain, let us know.
Section 9.02 of Southlake City Ordinance 605 outlines the maintenance responsibilities of drainage ways and drainage facilities:
Neighborhood ponds provide a tranquil atmosphere, while also serving as a drainage structure to retain water during times of excess rainfall. When fully functioning during and after a storm, ponds slowly release collected water to a nearby creek or stormwater system. This prevents water from releasing too fast, which could overwhelm downstream infrastructure and property.
In most instances, the homeowners association (HOA) is responsible for the neighborhood's stormwater pond. If you're unsure about who holds responsibility for the pond, check your subdivision plat or HOA declarations. You can also contact us. We're happy to help!
Preventing Drainage Issues on Your Property
- Prevent litter and debris from entering easements and storm drainage systems.
- Avoid raking, blowing or dumping leaves or grass clippings in the storm drainage system.
- Keep drainage systems easily accessible during property repairs.
- Do not obstruct drainage systems or pathways with privacy fencing.
- Move structures and sheds away from drainage structures or easements.
- Note any erosion and remove foreign objects from around your stormwater pond monthly. Have a professional engineer inspect your stormwater pond every one to two years.
- Consider converting turf grass around your pond to a native plant buffer zone. Work with a landscape contractor to incorporate native plants to stabilize shorelines and deter geese.
- Do not apply fertilizers and pesticides around your stormwater pond.
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