STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

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 a 

Stormwater Issue Complaint Form to us at pennsburginfo@pennsburg.us.

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.

The 2020 Perkiomen Watershed Stream Clean-up

has been scheduled for:

 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

 9am-12pm for Clean-up Crew

& 12pm-3pm for Pick-up Crew volunteers

Stream Clean-up volunteers will be responsible

for picking up trash at their assigned site and leaving the trash they collect in a safe location

for our pick-up crew. Pick-up Crew volunteers gather the trash from each site within their

assigned region and take it to one of the five dumpsters located throughout the watershed.

For more information, click here!

Fall & Winter

Stormwater Management

 Try these activities to reduce the amount of pollution contributed to the landscape:

  • Before you clean up outside, pick up after your pet!

  • Clean up your leaves and yard debris.

  • Do not rake or blow leaves into the street where they can be washed into the storm drain.

  • Rake leaves out of the ditches and storm drains.

  • Consider using the leaves as mulch, mowing over them and leaving the finely-chopped debris on your yard.

  • Never dump leaves or yard debris into ditches, streams, or other waterways.

  • Clear your downspouts to allow melting roof snow to flow and not collect at your foundation.

  • Make sure your nearest storm drains are clear. Do not pile snow on storm drains and make sure your neighborhood plow is not piling snow over the drains too. 

  • Use de-icing chemicals and salts judiciously. Use only what you need to make your walkways and driveways safe.

  • Postpone outdoor construction projects in winter, when you can't establish new vegetation to reduce soil loss and muddy runoff.

  • Pay special attention to places that are eroding during snow melt, and make a plan to improve these areas in spring using plants that can slow and stop erosion, like native grasses and meadow plants or native trees and shrubs 

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 PA  

  Department of Environmental  

  Protection’s Regional Office:  

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

  Emergency: 484-250-5900  

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Understanding Storm Water and How It Can Affect Your Money, Safety, Health and the Environment

References & Contact Information

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76 W. 6th Street

Pennsburg, PA 18073

PHONE: 215-679-4546

FAX: 215-679-5140