Storm Water Management
STORM WATER INLETS – Please keep an eye on any inlets near your house and keep them clear if you can – if not, ask your neighbors to help or call into the Borough office if the job looks too big for you to handle. If you see excessive ponding of water near an inlet please contact the Borough office.
SUMP PUMPS – Please remember that the Borough requires that all sump pumps go through grass or yards before getting into our storm water system. Also, no sump pump systems are permitted to be pumped directly into the sanitary (public sewer) system or directly onto a street or alley. If your system is connected to the sewer, it must be disconnected immediately. If you are not sure, please feel free to contact the Authority and their staff will be able to help you figure that out. The extra water in the system puts a strain on the sewer treatment plant and can result in problems for the Authority and increased cost for you.
In addition, please monitor the storm water facilities that you see or live near. If you see something that looks wrong or that is causing these facilities to be polluted or blocked, please call the Borough office at (717) 665-2461.
Examples of illicit discharges include:
- Sediment leaving a construction site during a storm or being carried out onto the public road
- Spills (Chemical, Gas, Oil)
- Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm water facilities
- Dry weather flows from outfalls into streams (at least 72 hours after a storm)
Storm Water Management – NPDES and MS4 Programs
The Clean Water Act is the federal legislation that governs storm water management. Stormwater point discharges to waters of the U.S. (pipes and drain pipes) are regulated using National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.In 1999, federal regulations extended coverage of the NPDES program to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s) serving populations less than 100,000. In 2003, Manheim Borough became an MS4 community and as such is required to comply with the NPDES program. Under the NPDES storm water program, the Borough is required to develop a storm water management program that provides the details of how the community will comply with the requirements of the permit. Permits are based on a framework of six minimum control measures:
- MCM 1 – Public education and outreach
- MCM 2 – Public participation and involvement
- MCM 3 – Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- MCM 4 – Construction site runoff control
- MCM 5 – Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment
- MCM 6 – Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance
More information on this program is available from the Pennsylvania DEP website.PA DEP MS4 Resource Page