Knox County Tennessee

Storm Drain Style-Off

Storm Drain Style-Off

The Storm Drain Style-off is a public education project designed to inform the community of the connection the storm drains have with our rivers and streams.

In 2017 and 2018, Knox County Stormwater partnered with the Public Libraries to educate our citizens about stormwater. Artists painted designs and messages at storm drains in an effort to prevent people from dumping and littering. Check out the buttons below labeled “SDSO 2017 Murals” and “SDSO 2018 Murals” to see the beautiful works of art at libraries across the county. Also, you can visit to see pictures from the 2018 SDSO Celebration Event!

Why Paint Storm Drains?

In Knox County, as in many communities across the country, storm drains lead directly to our rivers and other surface waters. An ongoing and hazardous misconception is that the storm drains are “sewers” that lead to the wastewater treatment plant.  With this misconception, the storm drains are misused as a safe way to dispose of waste such as soapy water, oil, paint, trash, and other pollutants.  When pollutants are disposed of through storm drains, they end up in our waterways.

Storm drain art initiatives have been successful in other communities at raising awareness about the fact that storm drains lead directly to local waterways. This awareness reduces incidences of littering and other common water polluting activities, and reminds people that only rain should go into the storm drains.

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Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5800
Fax: 865-215-5831

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