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Keep Upper St. Clair Waterways Pollution-Free

Public Works - Friday, April 13, 2018
Keep Upper St. Clair Waterways Pollution-Free


Stormwater pollution is a detrimental problem to our environment by degrading water quality in the streams, rivers and lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recognize the growing problem and have implemented numerous permits to prevent stormwater pollution. One such permit is the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) that was issued to hundreds of Pennsylvania municipalities back in 2003, including the Township of Upper St. Clair.

Prohibited non-stormwater discharges that enter into the storm drain and result in pollution to our waterways are commonly referred to as illicit discharges. Examples of illicit discharges include:
-Fuel and Gasoline
-Automotive oil 
-Grease
-Construction runoff (i.e. sediment) 
-Soaps and Detergents
-Paint
-Grass clippings
-Sanitary wastewater
-Animal waste
-Household chemicals

According to the MS4 permit there are exemptions to what can drain into the storm sewer system. Examples of non-stormwater discharges which are not considered illicit include:
-Residential car washing without soaps
-Discharges from potable water sources
-Air conditioning condensation 
-Irrigation water
-Springs
-Water from crawl space pumps
-Footing and foundation drains
-Lawn watering
-Water line flushing 
-Flows from firefighting

Please report any illicit discharges to the Township of Upper St. Clair Public Works Department at 412-831-9000 x271. 
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