National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The City of Atlantis must follow the Federal government’s requirements in our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our water resources.

Discharge Control

Please do not directly discharge any used water into our watercourses. Simple examples are washing vehicles in close proximity of a storm drain and storing chemicals outdoors. The law prohibits dumping toxic waste, including pesticides, into the ground or groundwater. Toxic or hazardous wastes include such things as oil and antifreeze.

If you see anyone disposing of anything into any component of the drainage system, please report it immediately to the Atlantis Police Department at 561-965-1700.

Pesticides, Herbicides, & Fertilizers

Outdoor use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers must be applied sparingly to avoid contamination of our surface waters. Please follow directions and do not overspray pesticides or herbicides. Also please do not apply amounts in excess of the recommended amounts for fertilizers. Organic or slow release fertilizers are preferred as these are less likely to be washed off into the storm drain system. Also please apply only to the targeted areas and remove excess from any paved surfaces.

South Florida is a sub-tropical rainfall region, so please consider reducing applications in the wet season and/or apply early in the morning to avoid our typical afternoon thunderstorm pattern in the wet season (June through October).

National Flood Insurance Program

For more information, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website.