Drainage Pipe Cleaning
Protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is one of our highest priorities. This activity helps us to accomplish this goal by completing necessary pipe cleaning work on County-owned storm drain pipes, thereby reducing sediment traveling to the bay.
Drainage pipes are critical to carry the flow of water under the road so that it may continue on its natural drainage course. Pipe obstructions may result in flooding and/or damage to the roadway surface. Work under this activity includes cleaning and removing debris from pipes and flushing pipes using a power rodder to remove any obstructions.
The County is currently responsible for cleaning and maintenance of over 800 miles of drainage pipes. Work is normally performed in the spring or fall, although certain pipes may need attention during and after periods of heavy rainfall.
Requests for pipe cleaning should be directed to the appropriate road district. Road districts are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A supervisor will investigate your concern and respond to you within one week (one day if it is a hazard) to advise you of a schedule for any needed work.