City of Simpsonville
STORM WATER POLICY
The City maintains ONLY the portion of storm drainage systems that are within city street rights-of-way. The purpose is to ensure the streets are free of water hazards that could render them unsafe to navigate by the public as well as emergency personnel. Storm drainage systems within State road rights-of-way are maintained by the State Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
City policy prohibits City personnel or equipment from doing maintenance of storm drainage systems across private property (outside street rights-of-way or easements. The reason: The City does not own the pipes, catch basins, etc. nor does the City own the rights-of-way or easements of these systems. It does not matter whether there is a drainage easement across the property or not. This is not a City-owned easement.
For the same reasons, the City does not maintain creeks or streams.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of the property owner to correct any storm drainage issue on their property. Likewise, if the storm drainage issue lies in a common easement managed by a Homeowner's Association, the Homeowner's Association would be responsible for correcting the issue.
STORM WATER PROPERTY OWNER'S GUIDE
In 2002, as a federal mandate, the County of Greenville established a storm water program in order to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act. Programs were created to address water quality issues related to the storm water runoff and to help correct some of the County's worst flooding problems. Greenville County has jurisdiction within the City of Simpsonville to enforce this Act.
Property owners continue to be responsible and accountable for actions that could lead to water quality degradation and flooding issues.
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