The Stormwater Division maintains man-made structures designed to collect, convey, hold, divert, or discharge storm water. This includes sewers, canals, ditches, culverts, detention structures, and retention structures.
Stormwater Division crews routinely clean storm water inlets, pipes, and mow retention/detention areas to ensure that Kissimmee’s storm water management system runs properly.
Our city consists of over 22.36 square miles with approximately 85% developed with urban residential, commercial, industrial, airport, and institutional land uses. The City's storm water management system consists of six watersheds. Two watersheds are natural drainage systems, Shingle Creek and Mill Slough. The remaining four watersheds are man-made and include Bass Slough, the East City Ditch, the West City Ditch, and the downtown culvert system.
As storm water flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Storm water can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and other recreational activities.
Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water. By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of storm water. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!
For your convenience if you live outside the City limits and you are an Osceola County resident, please report any concerns to http://www.osceola.org/
The Stormwater Division is divided into three separate groups; Ditch and Pond Maintenance, Pipe Maintenance and Repair, and Mowing & Spraying.
Ditch & Pond Maintenance
The ditch and pond maintenance crew uses heavy equipment to remove sediment from roadside and outfall ditches. They also maintain and rework ponds when necessary.
Pipe Maintenance & Repair
The pipe maintenance and repair crew routinely cleans culverts, concrete pipe and box culverts as well as makes repairs to these. Typical failures range from broken catch basin lids to separating pipe joints resulting from settling or concrete failure.
Mowing & Spraying
The mowing crew mows more than 60 retention ponds and 16 miles of ditches. To control heavy mechanical dredging, herbicide is applied to reduce plant growth in and along the water.