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Stormwater - MS4

Stormwater
New Britain Township Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4):

New Britain Township would like you to remember that water and any items that go into a storm sewer travel directly into streams. This water has not been cleaned in any way and does not go to a wastewater treatment plant. New Britain Township needs all of its residents to assist in keeping our stormwater and stormwater sewer systems clean by doing the following:

  • Dispose of water properly down sanitary sewer drains
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Use fertilizers properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff
  • Monitor storm water inlets near your property so that no one dumps anything illegal into the storm sewer system.

If you witness dumping into the storm sewer system, call the Township at 215-822-1391.

Storm Drain Stenciling:

With the help of many volunteers, New Britain Township has marked all of the storm drains in the Township with "No Dumping/Drains to Stream" stencils. These storm drain stencils help to educate the public that anything you dump into the storm drain ultimately ends up directly in a creek or other public waterway. If you find any storm drains in your neighborhood that are missing stencils, email nbt@newbritaintownship.org, or call the Township at 215-822-1391.

In addition to being mindful of your own activities that can pollute stormwater, keep an eye out for what others are doing. For example, ask questions on any issue that may affect your water source. What specific plans have been made to prevent the contamination of your water source? Notices about hearings often appear in the newspaper or in government office buildings. If you see any suspicious activities in or around your water supply, please notify the local authorities.

What Residents can help watch for:
  • Sediment in stormwater leaving a construction site
  • Chemical, fuel or oil spills
  • Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers (PLEASE CALL 911 FIRST)
  • Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (more than 72 hours after a rain storm)

Residents may be the first to recognize "illicit" discharges (dumping into storm sewers or coming out from storm sewer outfalls). If you see an "illicit" discharge please report that to the Township.

Information for this page has been obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Center for Watershed Protection, the Cornell University Cooperative, and the Environmental Protection Agency.


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