Storm Sewer Reminder
Please remember that storm sewers are solely for collecting runoff from properties and municipal streets. The dumping of motor oil, gasoline, or other chemicals is prohibited for environmental reasons. Storm sewer flows carry excess water and release it into local streams, creeks, and rivers. Dumping illicit material not only could pollute public waterways, but also cause groundwater contamination.
Storm Water Management Plan
The Municipality of West Milton was required to prepare and submit a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) in compliance with new regulations (40 CFR Part 122.32) and Ohio Law. This plan is intended to protect water quality, reduce the amount of storm water discharge after small storms and satisfy requirements of the nation’s Clean Water Act and the Ohio EPA. The EPA Program has six minimum control measures:
1) Public education and outreach on storm water impacts
2) Public involvement/participation
3) Illicit discharge detection and elimination
4) Construction site storm water runoff control
5) Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment areas
6) Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations
For item 3, the Municipality of West Milton regularly checks its collection basins and river outfalls.
EPA has suggested some ways of controlling storm water pollution:
- Keep litter, pet waste, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, leaves and debris out of street gutters and storm drains.
- Dispose properly of used oil, antifreeze, paints and other household chemicals - proper disposal does not mean in storm sewers or drains.
- Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
- Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street. If you park on the street and your vehicle is leaking some sort of automotive fluid, please correct this issue immediately. If the municipality sees this occur, you will receive a letter with instructions and you must comply due to municipal and EPA regulations.
- Purchase household detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorus.
For more information about storm water issues, please contact Ben Herron at 698-1500 ext.116