What is MS4?
- Stormwater runoff from snowmelt or rain can pick up pollutants such as motor oil, lawn chemicals, and pet waste before entering streams untreated.
- Large amounts of untreated water entering the storm sewer system, and eventually our streams, has lasting health, safety, environmental and economic impacts on our community.
- Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), where it is often discharged untreated into local waterbodies.
- To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into the stormwater system, Maidencreek Township was required to obtain an NPDES permit from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and develop a stormwater management program.
- The township has developed a Public Education and Outreach Plan as well as a Public Involvement and Participation Plan to help share the significance of keeping stormwater clean and preventing pollution in our streams.
Below you will find some public outreach resources regarding stormwater, source water protection, and MS4.
- Dispose of motor oil at a garage that will recycle it. Never pour oil on the ground or in a storm drain in the street.
- Pump out your septic system every two or three years.
- Bring household hazardous waste like oil-based paint, varnish, chemicals, and pesticides to the Berks County Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Days. Check their website for the next scheduled day.
- Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides on your lawn and gardens.
- Do not dump swimming pool water into a creek or storm drain at the end of the season. Wait until the chlorine diminishes, then direct pool water into grass, woodland, or other natural areas.
- Remember - anything you throw or store on the ground can find its way into the water supply. Store and handle chemicals properly.
NOTHING IN THE DRAIN BUT RAIN!
REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGE TO THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE AT