Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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What is a MS4?

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System - Any conveyance that is:

Used for collecting and/or conveying stormwater
Owned by a municipality or any other public body
Not used as a combined sewer
Not part of Publically Owned Treatment Works

Please visit the DEP's MS4 website for more details and information.

This page provides general information for residents who want to educate themselves about the MS4 program and understand the role we all play in keeping our water clean. (Engineers looking for ordinance information on stormwater management, call 412-655-5034).

NPDES and MS4 Programs

NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System)

MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System)

The Clean Water Act is the federal legislation that governs stormwater management. Stormwater discharges to waters of the U.S. (pipes and drain pipes), and are regulated using NPDES permits. In 1999, federal regulations extended coverage of the NPDES program to local separate storm sewer systems (MS4’s) serving populations less than 100,000.

Pleasant Hills is required to comply with the NPDES program as a MS4 municipality. Under the NPDES storm water program, permittees must develop a stormwater management plan 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:

·     Public education and outreach

·       Public participation and involvement

·       Illicit discharge detection and elimination

·       Construction site runoff control

·       Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment

·       Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance

Pleasant Hills is actively involved in a variety of programs and initiatives to meet various statewide and national goals for clean water, but township residents have a role to play too. Working together, we will have a positive impact on our environment, and the water that is so important to us all. We hope that you will find this information useful.

What is storm water runoff? Storm water originates from rain or melting snow/ice that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, streets, construction sites, lawns, and fields. Storm water runoff can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants as it makes its way to storm drains and natural waterways.

Why should you care? Storm water from your home and from the public streets goes into a storm sewer, which goes directly into streams and bodies of water used for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. This water is not cleaned in any way and does not go to the waste water treatment plant. We all drink water, so we are all affected when our water is polluted. Streams and creeks feed into rivers, lakes and the ocean. If you like to fish, swim or boat, pollutants will affect you. When we pollute our water, everyone is affected!

What can you do to help?

·       plant native trees & plants

·       clean up after your pets, do not discard dog feces into storm drains

·       use fertilizers properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff

·       store gasoline, oil, or other chemical materials indoors

·       monitor storm water inlets near your property

·       NEVER dump anything down the storm drain, in a stream, or other body of water

.       Please report any suspicious dumping by calling 412-655-5034 or by e-mailing

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Managing storm water on your property will not only help protect local streams, but will also help clean up downstream waterways.

Alerts

No vehicle shall be parked upon any public street within the limits of the Borough for a period longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.


Please contact the Borough first if you have a sewer back-up at your home.


2018

OBSERVED HOLIDAYS
MUNICIPAL BUILDING
CLOSED
JANUARY 1st
FEBRUARY 19th
MARCH 30th
APRIL 2nd
MAY 28th
JUNE 14th
JULY 4th
SEPTEMBER 3rd
OCTOBER 8th
NOVEMBER 22nd
NOVEMBER 23rd
DECEMBER 24th
DECEMBER 25th


Before you start a 

HOME IMPROVEMENT
or DRIVEWAY
project, check with
the Building/Zoning
Department at
412-655-5034 to
see what permits
are required.


 

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