Storm Water Pollution

Storm water pollution damages the environment. Not only does it have a direct impact on plants, fish, birds, and other animals that rely on clean water, but it harms people as well. Norristown, like much of the region, relies on the Schuylkill River for drinking water. Everyone needs to do their part to reduce the amount of pollution that enters our MS4 system.

Reduce Storm Water Pollution

Making small changes to the things we do every day can make a big difference in the health of our streams and rivers. Some typical examples of what you can do to reduce storm water pollution include:

  • Do not throw trash of any kind on the sidewalk or in the street. Find a trash can or recycle container and dispose of these items properly.
  • After you mow your lawn, don’t blow the grass clippings into the street. Rain water can wash them into the MS4 system. Instead, bag them and place them out on the curb for collection by J.P Mascaro on your next yard waste pick-up day. Please use a biodegradable bag, and not plastic.
  • Fertilizers and Pesticides should be used sparingly. When applied in excess, these chemicals are washed off by rainwater and enter the MS4 system.
  • If you spill a hazardous chemical, such as antifreeze, don’t wash it into the street. Use an absorbent material like kitty litter or rags to clean it up.
  • If you are doing concrete work on your sidewalk, don’t wash the excess material into the street or pour it directly into the inlet. Don’t clean up paint spills by washing it into the street.
  • If you are power washing your home, don’t use detergents that might enter the MS4 system.
  • If you are washing your car, try using a non-toxic detergent and wash the car on the lawn if you have one.
  • Clean up after your pets. When your dog or cat does his “business” outside pick it up and dispose of it in the toilet or in the trash.
  • Direct all downspouts away from pervious surfaces and onto lawns. Rain barrels can be used to collect the rainwater from downspouts. This water can be used later on the lawn and garden.

Spotting Pollution

If you see pollution entering the MS4 system, please contact the Norristown Public Works Department at 610-270-0437 or email the Public Works Department. Thank you for your cooperation.