About Surface Water Management

Mission Statement


The mission of the Surface Water Management Division is to deliver excellent services that reduce flood damage and protect and improve water quality and natural resources for the benefit of our communities.

Strategic Plan


Surface Water Management developed a division strategic plan and released it in 2015. The plan compliments Pierce County Public Works' strategic plan while focusing on the mission, vision and goals of Surface Water Management.

Surface Water Management Utility Service Charge


Pierce County Public Works is responsible for surface water management in unincorporated Pierce County. In 1988, the Pierce County Council established the Surface Water Management (SWM) Utility as a division of the Public Works Department.

The County Council established a per parcel service charge dedicated to fund the services SWM provides. The service charge is similar to other charges for services such as sewer, local fire districts and library services.

More information about the service charge

Surface Water Management Work Groups

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Phone: (253) 798-2725
Fax: (253) 798-7709
Monday–Friday
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mailing Address:
2702 S 42nd St, Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98409-7322