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
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
Part of the requirement for the MS4
Permit requires public education.
Storm Drain Markers meet part of
that requirement by educating the
about storm water pollution.
What can you do to help prevent
-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
-Use least toxic pesticides and
-Use native plants and grasses that
are drought and pest resistant. They
require less water, fertilizer &
Pick up after your pet.
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
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-Take your car
to the car wash instead of
washing it in the street or driveway.
your vehicle for drips and oil leaks
regularly and fix them promptly to
gasoline, oil, brake and
transmission fluids, and anti-freeze from
leaking onto the pavement and washing into our
A single quart of oil can pollute
250,000 gallons of drinking water!
your vehicle tuned to reduce oil
-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
www.wsaemc.org for recycling
-Do not pour
engine fluids down floor drains,
sinks, storm drains or onto the
Other Things You Can Do:
-Have your septic tank
-Recycle all containers made of glass,
plastic & aluminum.
NEVER DUMP ANYTHING DOWN STORM DRAINS
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
complete a brief
answers will help
the efforts of the
borough and the PWC
pollution of our
which supply our
the links below to find out more about stormwater
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
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
EPA Public Education and Outreach on
MS 4 Overview
EPA MS 4 Fact Sheet
Stormwater Fact Sheet
the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy:
What is Non-point Source Pollution and how is it
Tied to Stormwater?
WATER DISCHARGE GUIDELINES
Water from swimming pools
and hot tubs often contain high levels of chlorine.
water into storm drains, streams, irrigation canals
or ponds is not permitted due to the danger it may
cause fish and other aquatic life.
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
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
Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
The Center for Watershed
Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers at
Montgomery County Conservation
Partnership for Delaware Estuary