Public Awareness Information

Federal, State and Local regulations define an illicit discharge to the storm sewer system as a discharge which is not composed entirely of stormwater or not from a non-polluting source such as ground water, non-contact cooling water, etc.

Urban Pollution
Potential sources of illicit discharges in urban areas include homes, apartments, car washes, restaurants, gas stations, parking lots, and industrial / commercial facilities.  These sources can intentionally or unintentionally discharge sanitary wastes, wash down wastes, motor oil, antifreeze, and gasoline among other substances into the storm sewer system, which could ultimately impact receiving stream quality.  The illicit discharges could be continuous or intermittent.

Protecting Your Waterways
The detection and elimination of illicit discharges is important to protect and restore urban waterways.  Lansdale Borough, as part of its Stormwater Management Program, routinely inspects its stormwater outfalls for potential illicit discharges.  The Borough also investigates complaints from the public regarding potential illicit discharges from its storm sewer system.  If you witness an illicit discharge to or from the Borough's storm sewer system, please report it to the Borough using the phone numbers on the right side of this page.

Sanitary Sewer Reminders
Check Your Connections
If you are a homeowner, it is important that you check any sump pump, rain spout or floor drain connection to make sure that they flow onto the grass or the street for drainage or that they are connected to the stormwater system

They cannot be connected to the sanitary system--that is a violation of Borough Ordinance 1743.  If you need help determining if your home is in compliance, you can contact the Borough's Wastewater Treatment Plant at 215-361-8362.

Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly
To keep our water clean, please do not dump any household cleaners or chemicals down the drain.  These chemicals can cause harm to the Wastewater Treatment Plant's operations.

Please bring any of these materials to the Montgomery County Hazardous Waste Recycling Program.  For collection dates and locations please call 610-278-3618.

For further information on DEP's Stormwater Management, please visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Enterprise Portal.