City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg 5-14-2013 by Ord. No. 6-2013.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Stormwater Management Act: see 32 P.S. § 680.1 et seq.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Part 9 (Chs. 9-901 through 9-915), Spring Creek and Paxton Creek Watershed Stormwater Management Plan, adopted 11-12-2006 by Ord. No. 17-2006, as amended.
Any drain (including indoor drains and sinks) or conveyance, whether on the surface or underground, that allows any nonstormwater discharge including sewage, process wastewater, and wash water, to enter the City of Harrisburg's separate storm sewer system or waters of the commonwealth is prohibited.
Any drain or conveyance that is connected from a commercial or industrial land use to the City of Harrisburg's separate storm sewer system and that has not been documented in plans, maps, or equivalent records and approved by the City of Harrisburg is prohibited.
No person shall allow, or cause to allow, discharges into the City of Harrisburg's separate storm sewer system or into surface waters of the commonwealth that are not composed entirely of stormwater, except:
As provided in Subsection D below; and
Discharges allowed under a state or federal permit.
The following discharges are authorized unless they are determined to be significant contributors to pollution to the waters of the commonwealth:
Discharges from firefighting activities.
Potable water sources, including dechlorinated water line and fire hydrant flushings.
Irrigation drainage.
Air-conditioning condensate.
Water from crawl space pumps.
Pavement wash waters where spills or leaks of toxic or hazardous materials have not occurred (unless all spill material has been removed) and where detergents are not used.
Flows from riparian habitats and wetlands.
Uncontaminated water from foundations or from footing drains.
Lawn watering.
Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges.
Uncontaminated groundwater.
Water from individual residential car washing.
Routine external building washdown (which does not use detergents or other compounds).
In the event that the City of Harrisburg or PADEP determines that any of the discharges identified in Subsection D significantly contribute to pollution of waters of the commonwealth, or is so notified by PADEP, the City of Harrisburg will notify the responsible person(s) to cease the discharge.
Upon notice provided by the City of Harrisburg or PADEP under Subsection E, the discharger will have a reasonable time, as determined by the City of Harrisburg or PADEP, to cease the discharge, consistent with the degree of pollution caused by the discharge.
Nothing in this section shall affect a discharger's responsibilities under commonwealth law.
Roof drains and sump pumps shall discharge to infiltration areas or vegetative BMPs to the maximum extent practicable.
No person shall modify, remove, fill, landscape, or alter any existing stormwater BMP, facilities, areas, or structures, unless it is part of an approved maintenance program, without the written approval of the City of Harrisburg.
No person shall place any structure, fill, landscaping, or vegetation into a stormwater BMP, facilities, areas, structures, or within a drainage easement which would limit or alter the functioning of the BMP without the written approval of the City of Harrisburg.