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What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is runoff from rain and snow melt that does not soak into the ground, but flows over land into storm drains. This water picks up pollutants from the ground as it travels. The water then flows through pipes back out into natural water sources, without being treated.

Where does it go?
Stormwater goes back out into natural water bodies in the community. Our stormwater goes to one of three main creeks in Salisbury: Grants, Town and Crane. Eventually, these creeks drain into the Yadkin River and to High Rock Lake.

Water Fun Facts! Did You Know?
  • Water is the most common substance found on Earth.
  • Each day the sun evaporates 1,000,000,000,000 (a trillion) tons of water.
  • 80% of the Earth's surface is water.
  • 97% of the Earth's water is in the oceans and seas, 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers, leaving only 1% for human needs, including agriculture, manufacturing, residential, and personal needs.
  • Water that goes into stormwater pipes comes out into our lakes and streams.
  • The first water pipes in the U.S. were fire-charred, bored-out logs.
  • There are over 1 million miles of water pipelines and aqueducts in the U.S. and Canada. That's enough to circle the globe 40 times!
  • The average household uses 107,000 gallons of water per year.
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  • For every 2.31 feet that water is raised above the earth's surface it can create one pound per square inch of pressure.
  • For every 2.31 feet you are submerged below a body of water's surface there is 1 pound per square inch of pressure equally placed on your body.
  • The first water pipes made in the U. S. were fire-charred, bored-out logs.
  • There are over 59,000 community public water systems in the U. S.
  • It takes 1,851 gallons of water to refine one barrel of crude oil.
  • It takes 120 gallons of water to produce one egg.
  • Over 42,000 gallons of water (enough to fill a 30x50 foot swimming pool) are needed to grow and prepare food for a typical Thanksgiving dinner for eight.
  • A single birch tree will give off 70 gallons of water per day in evaporation.
  • An acre of corn will give off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation

 Contact Information


City of Salisbury
Stormwater Utility
210 West Franklin Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Hours of Operation
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Stormwater Utility Manager
Craig Powers
(704) 216-2718

Stormwater Engineer
Chris Tester
(704) 216-7554