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Why is stormwater management important to our community?
Stormwater management is directly related to our water quality -and water quality affects us all.  Managing stormwater properly protects wildlife, maintains a healthy environment around us and ensures quality drinking water.

       Seasonal Tips for Protecting Our Waterways
       From the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Pennsburg Borough operates Municipal Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).  This underground system of pipes carries rainwater and snowmelt away from roads and parking lots and discharges the drainage water into lakes and rivers.  Ideally, this system should transport mostly clean water.  But because rainwater and snowmelt from streets, lawns, farms, and construction sites mixes with lawn fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and other pollutants, the runoff becomes contaminated.  This contaminated water eventually makes its way to into the storm sewer system and ultimately into our rivers, lakes and streams. Stormwater runoff is the most common cause of water pollution.

Part of the requirement for the MS4 Permit requires public education. 
Storm Drain Markers meet part of that requirement by educating the public
about storm water pollution.

What can you do to help prevent stormwater pollution?

SIn your yard:
-Use fertilizers sparingly.
-Compost your yard waste.
-Sweep up yard debris rather and compost or recycle whenever possible. Do not wash grass clippings or leaves into the street.
-Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
-Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces.
-Use least toxic pesticides and follow labels.
-Use native plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. They require less water, fertilizer & pesticides.
 

S Pick up after your pet. When it rains, pet waste left on lawns can be washed into storm drains that lead to nearby lakes and streams. Untreated pet waste can cause significant water pollution.
 Click here to find out more.


 

SAutomotive Care:
-Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the street or driveway.

-Check your vehicle for drips and oil leaks regularly and fix them promptly to prevent gasoline, oil, brake and transmission fluids, and anti-freeze from leaking onto the pavement and washing into our streams.  
A single quart of oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water!

-Keep your vehicle tuned to reduce oil use.
-Use ground cloths or drip pans under your vehicle if you have leaks or if you are doing engine work.
-Clean up spills immediately and properly dispose of materials.
-Collect all used oil in containers with tight-fitting lids. Old plastic jugs are excellent for this purpose.
-Recycle used motor oil. Many auto supply stores, car care centers, and gas stations will accept used oil or check www.wsaemc.org for recycling locations.
-Do not pour
any
engine fluids down floor drains, sinks, storm drains or onto the ground.
                                               Automotive Owner Guide

When You're Washing the Car In the Driveway

 

Storm Drains are for Rain - Not Paint S Reuse and recycle paint & paint thinner
    or take it to a local hazardous waste
   
            collection location
 
         

   
 2014 Hazardous Household Waste

           Collection Locations & Dates
     

Other Things You Can Do:
-Have your septic tank pumped regularly.
-Recycle all containers made of glass, plastic & aluminum.

                    NEVER DUMP ANYTHING DOWN STORM DRAINS

POLLUTION HOTLINE:
If you see any type of incident that may impact a storm sewer system, such as an oil spill or other contaminant that may lead to a storm drain, please contact the Pennsburg Borough Office at 215-679-4546, ext. 3, or email us at pennsburginfo@pennsburg.us.
 

Please visit www.perkiomenwatershed.org

CLICK HERE
to complete a brief questionnaire. Your answers will help the efforts of the borough and the PWC to protect stormwater and prevent the pollution of our streams and groundwater wells, which supply our drinking water.

Information for Business Owners & Contractors
It is important for business owners to realize that their daily practices may be impacting our water sources. Chemicals, cleaning products and runoff from construction sites can all be washed by rain and snowfall to storm drains . This contaminated water can eventually lead to our water sources. For more information about how businesses can prevent this type of water pollution visit National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Site Enviromental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers, and Information for Restaurant Owners, Business Owner Guide, Restaurant Owner Guide,
Environmental Management Assistance Program.

 Click on the links below to find out more about stormwater runoff pollution.
Information for Homeowners
When It Rains It Drains
Solution To Pollution
Clean Water Is Everbody's Business
Take The Stormwater Challenge
Kids Storm Water Stickers
Protecting Water Quality
Rain Gardens
10 Things That You Can Do to Prevent Storm Water Runoff Pollution Bookmark

NPDES Permit Program Basics
EPA Stormwater Outreach Materials
Stormwater Best Management Practices
National Menu of Stormwater Best Management
EPA Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts

MS 4 Overview
EPA MS 4 Fact Sheet
Stormwater Fact Sheet

EPA Water Pollution & Control: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/
EPA MS4 Main Page: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/Municipal-Seperate-Storm-Sewer-System-MS4-Main-Page.cfm 


From the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy:
What is Non-point Source Pollution and how is it Tied to Stormwater?

SWIMMING POOL WATER DISCHARGE GUIDELINES
Water from swimming pools and hot tubs often contain high levels of chlorine.  Discharging chlorinated water into storm drains, streams, irrigation canals or ponds is not permitted due to the danger it may cause fish and other aquatic life.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, you should follow the following guidelines to dispose of swimming pool or hot tub water.
1.   Prior to disposing or using the water for irrigation, shut off the chlorination system if you have one, or stop adding chlorine.
2.   Hold the water in the pool or hot tub for two weeks to reduce the chlorine level.
3.   Discharge or use the water for irrigation in an area where the water will not flow into a stream or storm sewer drain.
4.   Discharge or use the water for irrigating your property and ensure it does not flow off your property.
5.   Discharge or use the water for irrigation in a manner that will prevent nuisance conditions (such as creation of odors, and fly and mosquito breeding conditions).  Nuisance conditions occur when water is held in the pool for a prolonged period.
6.   The water should be discharged at a rate which does not create erosion and is able to be absorbed into the ground.
7.    Any solids that have formed in the water should be removed manually.

  Questions concerning pool guidelines should be directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protectionís Regional Office:

Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA  19401
Main Telephone:
484-250-5900

 24 Hour Emergency:
484-250-5900

Perkiomen Valley Watershed Conservancy: http://www.perkiomenwatershed.org/
The Center for Watershed Protection:  www.cwp.org  T

he Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers:  www.pawatersheds.org
Montgomery County Conservation District: http://www.montgomeryconservation.org/
Partnership for Delaware Estuary: http://delawareestuary.org/
EPA Water Homepage: http://water.epa.gov
EPA Stormwater Homepage: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/index.cfm
EPA Watershed: http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/index.cfm

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