Citizens can help report violations or problems they notice in their local streams before they cause more damage and pollution. You may be the first to recognize “illicit”, nonpermitted discharges – typically any flows other than rainwater – being directed into storm sewers or out of pipes into streams. “Dry weather flows”, defined as flows from stormwater outfall pipes after a 48 hour period without rain, should also be reported to your municipality for further investigation.
New stormwater regulations from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) require that your municipality investigate more thoroughly potentially illicit discharges into our streams. You can help by promptly reporting the following events to the authorities listed below.
What is Stormwater Runoff?
Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces such as streets, sidewalks, and driveways prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. As stormwater flows over the ground, it can pick up chemicals, debris, dirt, and other pollutants that enter the storm sewer system.
Why is it a concern?
Once pollutants from stormwater enter the storm sewer system, they are discharged untreated into local streams and waterways. These are the same bodies of water that we use for drinking, fishing, and recreation.
What are the effects of Stormwater Runoff?
Contact Numbers and Information
Water Quality Hotline
Water Quality Complaints
Chester Water Authority
Broken Water Mains
Southern Delco Sewer Authority
Clogged or leaking sanitary sewer lines; sewage smell in creek; illegal discharges into creeks or storm drains.
PA Fish and Boat Commission