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 a
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.
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.
Spring & Summer Stormwater Management
Swimming Pool Discharge Guidelines (below)
Try these activities to reduce the amount of pollution contributed to the landscape:
Reduce household chemical use, and use proper disposal methods.
When using pesticides, read and follow directions to protect the environment.
Use lawn and garden chemicals carefully and sparingly.
Set the mower blade at 3″ to provide a “taller” lawn that slows run-off, requires less irrigation, and helps minimize weeds.
Use yard waste on-site as mulch or compost. Never dump yard wastes in a stream, or sweep into a storm inlet. Keep your grass clippings out of the street.
Seed bare soil and cover it with mulch to minimize soil erosion.
Direct roof downspouts away from driveways and foundations and towards your lawn or planting beds where water can soak into the soil.
Check your vehicle for leaks and have any fixed.
Properly dispose of, or recycle used motor oil and other automotive products.
Wash cars on the lawn so soapy water can be absorbed instead of going into storm sewers.
Clean-up pet wastes to prevent nutrients and bacteria from washing into waterways.
Use native plants in your landscape, they are adaptable to local conditions and require less water and fertilizer than non-native plants.
Do not litter! Cigarette butts are litter and should be disposed of properly.
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
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 PA
Department of Environmental
Protection’s Regional Office:
Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Main Telephone: 484-250-5900
Understanding Storm Water and How It Can Affect Your Money, Safety, Health and the Environment
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