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THE DRAIN IS JUST FOR RAIN!

Post Date:07/18/2019 11:50 AM

A friendly reminder to not dump ANYTHING into storm drains. Dumping of yard waste (including leaves and grass), chemicals, and other items is ILLEGAL! If you see someone putting anything in the storm drains, call the Engineering and Code Department to report it at 267-536-1011. 

Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a limited number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the dailyImage of a stormwater inlet on a road in Abington Township. activities of people everywhere.  Concentrated development in urbanized areas substantially increases impervious surfaces, such as streets, driveways and parking lots.  These surfaces are the primary collector of pollutants until a rain washes them into nearby storm drains.  Many people do not realize that storm drains do not run to treatment plants, they empty directly into our waterways!  For this reason, we have been placing "No Dumping" markers on the stormwater inlets throughout the Township.  Eventually all of the stormwater runoff from Abington Township ends up in the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.

Common pollutants that can be picked up by stormwater include pesticides, fertilizers, oils, salt, litter, and sediment.  When left uncontrolled, contaminated stormwater discharges can result in fish kills, destruction of wildlife habitats, and the contamination of drinking water and recreational waterways.  Sediment from yard debris and construction sites can cause stream bank erosion, vegetation destruction, and flooding.

The Township's stormwater drainage system is very important for keeping stormwater runoff from flooding roadways and damaging property.  The storm drain inlets in the streets are interconnected by piping and eventually discharged to a larger pipe (storm sewer), ditch or to a stream.  The storm drain inlets are spaced along roadways with most located at low points of the street in order to efficiently collect rainwater.  Residents may help themselves by insuring that the storm drain inlets are free and clear of leaves and other debris prior to a rain storm.  Streams and drainage ditches/swales are also conveyors of stormwater runoff.  Dumping or raking leaves and other garden debris into these channels hurts the environment and seriously impacts drainage down stream. 

This action is prohibited by Township Ordinance and the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  If a storm drain inlet or other stormwater facility is clogged and not accepting runoff, the Public Works Department should be called at 267-536-1033.

To view the Township's Stormwater Management web-page, click here. 

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