Stormwater Management

What Is MS4?

  • Stormwater runoff from snowmelt or rain can pick up pollutants such as motor oil, lawn chemicals, and pet waste before entering streams untreated.
  • Large amounts of untreated water entering the storm sewer system, and eventually our streams, have lasting health, safety, environmental, and economic impacts on our community.
  • Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), where it is often discharged untreated into local waterbodies.
  • To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into the stormwater system, Maidencreek Township was required to obtain an NPDES permit from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and develop a stormwater management program.
  • The township has developed a Public Education and Outreach Plan as well as a Public Involvement and Participation Plan to help share the significance of keeping stormwater clean and preventing pollution in our streams.

Below, you will find some public outreach resources regarding stormwater, source water protection, and MS4.

What Can You Do?

  • Dispose of motor oil at a garage that will recycle it. Never pour oil on the ground or in a storm drain in the street.
  • Pump out your septic system every two or three years.
  • Bring household hazardous waste like oil-based paint, varnish, chemicals, and pesticides to the Berks County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days. Check their website for the next scheduled day.
  • Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides on your lawn and gardens.
  • Do not dump swimming pool water into a creek or storm drain at the end of the season. Wait until the chlorine diminishes, then direct pool water into grass, woodland, or other natural areas.
  • Remember – anything you throw or store on the ground can find its way into the water supply. Store and handle chemicals properly.

 

NOTHING IN THE DRAIN BUT RAIN!
REPORT ILLEGAL DISCHARGE TO THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE AT
610-926-4920

Septic System

Do you have a septic system on your property? As of 2023, there are 396 septic systems in Maidencreek Township. Unlike public sewers, these systems cannot be actively monitored and maintained by the township. If you do have a septic system, make sure that it is inspected and pumped every 3 years. Tanks left unchecked leave a chance of unsafe water for use and drink. It is also recommended to take proper records of maintenance. Sometimes septic tanks are partially buried or not specified when a property changes hands, increasing the risk toward your health and potentially damaging the septic tank. Proper maintenance every 3 years is safer and cheaper than waiting for a septic system to fail entirely.

Upcoming Events

Park and Recreation Board Meeting

June 27 @ 7:00 pm
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Recycling Day for Red Zone

June 28
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Recycling Day for Blue Zone

July 5
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Northern Berks Regional Police Commission Meeting

July 8 @ 6:00 pm
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