Stormwater Management

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The Townships storm drainage system is very important to keeping runoff from flooding roadways and damaging property. The inlets in the streets are interconnected by piping and eventually discharged to a larger pipe, to a stream or ditch. Eventually all of our runoff ends up in the Schuylkill and/or Delaware River.

Inlets are spaced along a roadway with most located at low points of the street in order to efficiently collect rainwater. Residents may help themselves by insuring that the opening is free and clear of leaves and other debris prior to a rain storm. If the inlet is clogged and not accepting runoff, the Public Works Department should be called at (610) 408-3620 or email.

Streams and drainage ditches/swales are also conveyors of the 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.

Guidelines for waste water discharge (including swimming pool and hot tubs)

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulates waste water discharge and has provided guidelines for waste water discharge [PDF] that all residents must follow.

Authorized discharge into the sanitary sewer system: One option residents have to comply with DEP's guidelines is to discharge water into the sanitary sewer system - with Township approval. The Public Works Department will grant approval if the residents follow the DEP Guidelines for waste water disposal, the water conforms to the sewage treatment plant requirements, and there is a public sewer in close proximity to the pool discharge point. The cost for the discharge is $6.51 per thousand (1,000) gallons.

Complaints about improper water disposal: If a resident is reported to be discharging waste water into any street or stream, or into the sanitary sewer system without Township approval, please contact the Township (610-644-1400) immediately. If a resident needs to report improper waste water disposal after business hours, please call the Police (911).


Stormwater Management Ordinances

Stormwater Educational Resources

Stormwater Tips for Residents

Chester County Water Resources Authority Informational Brochures

Stormwater Tips for Contractors


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