Get Disconnected

Get Disconnected to Eliminate Stormwater Runoff

Annual gallons of stormwater disconnected to-date: 15,871,080.
What does it mean to "Get Disconnected?" Disconnecting from the stormwater system means keeping stormwater on-site where it falls, instead of letting it flow into the stormwater system. This technique of on-site stormwater management is known as Low Impact Development (LID) -aka- Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).

The Stormwater Problem

Not only does stormwater runoff carry pollutants from our yards and road into the waterways, but our streams and rivers are not designed to carry these large volumes of stormwater.

The Solution

Disconnect! By managing stormwater on-site, pollutants are kept out of our waterways and we reduce large volumes of water flowing into our streams, helping to reduce localized flooding.

The Solution in Action

Since 2009 Puyallup's Rain Garden Program has promoted the installation of rain gardens in the city through demonstration projects to outreach on the issues of stormwater. The construction of Puyallup's City Hall even included many green stormwater infrastructure practices - adding to the successful Gold LEED award for green building. 

The more stormwater we manage the right way, the healthier our streams and river can get, and the more we can reduce localized flooding. Take a look at the list of GSI installations (PDF) around the city, and visit some of these amazing features. Read about demonstrations in the Rain Garden Program, view past installations, and find out how to participate in the program.

GSI by Numbers 
 2 Green Roofs
 31 Rain Barrels
 35 Permeable Pavements
 63 Rain Gardens
 (residential and public installations)

Rain Garden Program 
How many rain gardens does Puyallup have? Visit the Rain Garden Program webpage for information on past installations, and how to participate in this cost-share program.

Submit Your GSI Data 
Want to tell us about your disconnect? Send us your stormwater disconnect data and we will add it to our count. Read more about ways to reduce stormwater pollution and become involved in local efforts on the Citizen's Guide to Protecting Our Waters webpages.

Past GSI Installations

The first few years of Puyallup's Rain Garden Program served as foundation to the effort for creating a cost-share program to encourage homeowners to go green with stormwater infrastructure. In 2013, the program transitioned to a cost-share program. Read about past installations and get ideas for your own Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)!

  1. 2012
  2. 2011
  3. 2010
  4. 2009


May 2012 hosted 1 big installation event. The cluster installation included 8 homes that each received a rain garden and rain barrel for volunteering in the program. The rain barrel pictured to the right received an artistic touch from Pete Sparh of Spahrzart. New to the program in 2012 was permeable pavements. Demonstrating the application of this green stormwater infrastructure element, a full driveway and entry walkway was installed. View photographs from this event.
Funding for this successful Education and Outreach program came from a Department of Ecology grant. The permeable pavement installations were completed in cost-share with the program participants.