Protect Our Water Supply
As storm water flows over roofs, across lawns, and down driveways, it picks up dirt, debris, and chemicals before entering storm drains. Storm drains then empties into the bodies of water we use for drinking, swimming, and fishing. Protect our water supply by helping to reduce the contaminants in our storm water.
Here’s how to protect our water supply:
- Use the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to dispose of hazardous household substances, such as used motor oil, cleaning supplies, and paint.
- Use pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides properly to prevent excess runoff.
- Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly. If left in your yard or at the park, pet waste can be carried into the storm sewer system or a stream by storm water runoff.
- Instead of washing your car in your driveway, take it to a commercial car wash, where the water is treated and recycled.
- Plant drought-tolerant, native plants and grasses in your garden. They often require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
10 simple things identified by the EPA that the typical homeowner and/or business owner can do to help reduce stormwater pollution.
For more information on how storm water affects our water supply, use the links at right and below.
EPA Storm water Outreach Materials
- MCM#1-Public Education Outreach Minimum Control Measure
- MCM#2-Public ParticipationInvolvement Minimum Control Measure
- MCM#3-Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Minimum Control Measure
- MCM#4-Construction Site Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure
- MCM#5-Post-Construction Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure
- MCM#6-Pollution Prevention Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measure
CLICK HERE to download the entire booklet copies of the booklet may be picked up at the Borough office.
Helpful Storm water Links
- Montgomery County Conservation District: http://montgomeryconservation.org/watershed-management/
- Perkiomen Creek Watershed Map: http://www.perkiomenwatershed.org/watershed-area-map/
- DEP Storm water website: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- DEP Storm water PA is a great educational website: http://www.stormwaterpa.org/pennsylvania.html
Rain Drain Brochure also on the right hand side of this page.
- Deicing-Newsletter Article
- E&S Controls-Newsletter Article
- No Dumping To Inlets-Newsletter Article
- Pick Up After Your Pet-Newsletter Article
- ToxicRainbows-Newsletter Article
Learn more about your environment and how to help prevent Stormwater pollution in your community.
Souderton Borough lies within the Perkiomen Creek Watershed. Learn more about your watershed and how you can help protect it by going on the Souderton Borough website to check out a wealth of information on preventing Stormwater pollution as well as other things you can do to help the environment and improve your lawn and gardens.
Additionally, the Perkiomen Creek Conservancy has more information about the entire watershed including the following workshops and volunteer days:
Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 13th: 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: Pick up supplies at the Conservancy and attend the Zoom call & assemble at home
Guide: Jessie Kemper, PWC Conservation Coordinator
Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rain water from your downspout to be used for watering plants, cleaning yard equipment, or topping off a swimming pool. All supplies for making the rain barrel will be provided and our Conservation Coordinator will lead you through the process of putting your rain barrel together. To make this event contact-less, you will pick up your supplies at the Conservancy in advance (details TBD), then follow along with Jessie on a Zoom Call as she guides you through assembly. You will need a device that you can use to connect to the Zoom Call. Rain barrels sell for $150 or more, but you can build one with us for less than half of that price! Register early, supplies are limited!
- Native Plant-sale 2021
When is the Stream Clean-up? In 2021, it is scheduled for Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. We are also offering corporate groups the opportunity to volunteer on Friday, April 9th. The event traditionally takes place in April each year, to coincide with National Earth Day and the Great Pennsylvania Clean-up event.
For information on the 2021 Stream clean up click here and you will get directed to the stream clean up page.
Go to www.perkiomenwatershed.org for more details and to learn more about these fun and helpful events and more!
HOW CAN YOU HELP!
Please report the following activities to the Borough if they are observed:
- Sediment leaving a construction site
- Spills such as chemicals, gas, diesel or oil
- Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers (Dial 911)
- Sanitary sewer overflow
- Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (please allow 72 hours after a rain event to report)
- Dumping or composting of firewood or leaves along stream embankments
- Storage of firewood or other loose materials along stream embankments
During Normal Business Hours (M-F 8:30 – 5:00): 215-723-4371 Souderton Borough Office
During all other hours: 215-723-6500 Souderton Borough Police Department