Keep our Waterways Clean


The Town of Edinburgh's Storm Water Program is a requirement of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Storm Water Phase II Program. The Town was issued an NPDES permit by the state for this program.The ultimate goal of the Storm Water Program is to prevent pollution of our lakes, streams, waterways, and groundwater.


Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation flows over the ground to a storm system, lake, stream, river or dry well. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, parking lots, and buildings prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground.Foreign substances, such as debris and chemicals that are deposited on impervious surfaces are transported with storm water runoff into streams, rivers, and other water bodies, causing pollution.


Storm water in Edinburgh flows to the Big Blue River and to dry wells (or groundwater). Because storm sewers are connected directly to the river or to the groundwater, it is important that only clean water is entering the storm sewer system or dry wells.


Once pollution reaches water bodies, it can poison fish, damage ecosystems, and even end up in water used for drinking or recreation. Protecting our water bodies from all sources of contamination can be accomplished through the cooperation of citizens, government, and businesses.




  • Clean up after your pet and dispose of pet waste in a trash container or toilet. When left outdoors, pet waste contributes bacteria and nutrients to storm water.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on an unpaved surface to reduce the amount of dirty, soapy water entering storm drains and waterways.
  • Piles of soil and mulch to be used for landscaping projects should be covered to prevent erosion.
  • If you have a septic system, have it serviced regularly. Make sure it is not connected to the storm sewer or polluting a creek or body of water.
  • Clean up your property.  Properly dispose of outdated or unused household chemicals stored in your basement, garage, or barn and do not store these materials outdoors.
  • Recycle used oil, automotive fluids, batteries, and other products. Don't dispose of hazardous products in storm drains, alleys, or the ground. This pollutes the water supply.
  • Sweep up debris, rather than hosing down areas.

Storm Water Hotline


To report the illegal dumping of chemicals, heavy erosion from constructions sites, heavily polluted water, or other illegal connections to the storm system (such as septic tank discharges or washing machine wash water), please call the Storm Water Hotline.  The Public Works Office will accept storm water hotline calls at phone number 526-3512 ext 201 between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Callers are required to give their name and contact information so that storm water problems can be tracked as they are resolved. A Storm Water Hotline form can be faxed to 526-3542. To print a copy of the form click here. Complaint Form.


Edinburgh is a member of the Johnson County Partnership for Water Quality.  For more information visit


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal


Oil based paint, stains, varnishes, paint thinner, lawn care chemicals, and pesticides are all hazardous household chemicals that should NOT be thrown in the trash. To dispose of these chemicals properly please visit the following websites:
Johnson County Solid Waste Management District
 Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District