Storm Drain Protection & Illegal Dumping

Erosion & Sediment Control

The City of Hialeah’s stormwater drainage system consists of inlets and pipelines that transport rainfall runoff water into the groundwater through pipes that have small holes built into them for that purpose. These drainage systems and the waters that they discharge into can be seriously damaged by pollutants contained in the stormwater runoff, dewatering activity, and intentional dumping of wastes. Construction debris and dirt, oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid, and equipment wash-down water containing concrete particles are typical drainage system pollutants that are often associated with both private property and public right-of-way construction activity.

Non - Stormwater Discharge

City of Hialeah and Miami-Dade County regulations prohibit non-stormwater discharges to any drainage system. Dewatering to a drainage system requires the written approval of the City of Hialeah’s Streets Department and a Class V permit from Miami Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) also known as the Department of Environmental Resources (DERM).

Fines & Added Costs

It is the responsibility of the company and/or individual who is issued a construction permit to work within the City of Hialeah to ensure that no pollutants, site erosion, or sediment transport contaminates the City’s drainage system. Storm drain inlets that can be contaminated by nearby construction activity must be properly covered or bermed to prevent the inflow of contaminants. The area around the drains must be thoroughly cleaned before the protective devices are removed.

Reporting Illegal Dumping into Storm Drains

Please report anyone dumping motor oil or other waste into a storm drain to:
Streets Department
Phone: 305-687-2611

Monday - Fridays
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Miami Dade County Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources (RER)
Phone: 305-372-6955

Weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends and holidays