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Storm Sewer System

The City of Lakeland has a municipal separate storm sewer system, abbreviated MS4. This is different than a combined sewer system in that an MS4 only carries stormwater as opposed to both stormwater and wastewater. 

A storm drain system consists of:
 Street/curb gutters
and yard inlets
 Stormwater flows into 
the gutters and inlets and is directed
into the
pipe system 
      Street/Curb Gutter         Yard Inlet
         gutter_thumb.jpg       yard inlet_thumb.jpg
 Storm drain pipe Transports the stormwater
to the outfall
 storm drain pipe_thumb.jpg
 Outfall  Releases the stormwater
 into the 
lake or stream
 outfall_thumb.jpg
 Detention/
retention 
basins
 Holds stormwater from
 large rain events to 
prevent an overload
to the storm sewer
system which would
cause flooding.
 detention-retention basin_thumb.jpg
 Roadside ditches 
and
drainage way
s
 Transports stormwater on
the surface by ditches and 
swales
roadside ditch 2_thumb_thumb.jpg roadside ditch_thumb_thumb.jpg

The City of Lakeland Storm System
As of 2013, our storm system consists of:

  1. 1111 inlets/catch basins
  2. 90 miles of curb and gutter
  3. 566 storm sewer manholes
  4. 29.75 miles of storm sewer piping
  5. 28 outfalls into our 8 streams
  6. 2 city-owned/maintained detention basins
  7. Numerous roadside ditches and drainageways

Click here for a more detailed map

Receiving Waters?
All of the conveyances mentioned above eventually drain into various streams, rivers, and lakes. 

Loosahatchie River Basin
  • Oliver Creek
  • Scotts Creek/Garner Lake
  • Rocky Branch Creek
  • Clear Creek Canal
Wolf River Basin
  • Fletcher Creek
  • Grays Creek (tributary)

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