Borough of Hellertown, PA
Northampton County
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A. 
No person in the Borough shall allow or cause to allow stormwater discharges into the Borough's separate storm sewer system which are not composed entirely of stormwater, except as provided in Subsection B below or as allowed under a state or federal permit.
B. 
Discharges that may be allowed, based on the Borough finding that the discharge(s) do not significantly contribute pollution to surface waters of the commonwealth, are listed below.
(1) 
Discharges from fire-fighting activities.
(2) 
Potable water sources including dechlorinated waterline and fire hydrant flushings.
(3) 
Irrigation drainage.
(4) 
Routine external building wash down which does not use detergents or other compounds.
(5) 
Air-conditioning condensate.
(6) 
Water from individual residential car washing.
(7) 
Springs.
(8) 
Water from crawl space pumps.
(9) 
Uncontaminated water from foundation or from footing drains.
(10) 
Flows from riparian habitats and wetlands.
(11) 
Lawn watering.
(12) 
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.
(13) 
Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges.
(14) 
Uncontaminated groundwater.
C. 
In the event that the Borough determines that any of the discharges identified in Subsection B significantly contribute to pollution of waters of the commonwealth or is so notified by DEP, the Borough will notify the responsible person to cease the discharge.
D. 
Upon notice provided by the Borough under Subsection C, the discharger will have a reasonable time, as determined by the Borough Engineer and DEP, to cease the discharge consistent with the degree of pollution caused by the discharge.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
E. 
Nothing in this section shall affect a discharger's responsibilities under state law.
The following connections are prohibited, except as provided in § 378-34B above.
A. 
Any drain or conveyance, whether on the surface or subsurface, which allows any nonstormwater discharge including sewage, process wastewater and wash water to enter the separate storm sewer system and any connections to the storm drain system from indoor drains and sinks.
B. 
Any drain or conveyance connected from a commercial or industrial land use to the separate storm sewer system which has not been documented in plans, maps or equivalent records and approved by the Borough.
C. 
A connection from any basement sump pump device that connects directly into the Borough sanitary sewer system.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
Roof drains shall not be connected to streets, sanitary or storm sewers or roadside ditches, except as provided in Subsection C.
B. 
When it is more advantageous to connect directly to streets or storm sewers, connections of roof drains to streets or roadside ditches may be permitted by the Borough Engineer after plan revision and recommendation.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
Roof drains shall discharge to infiltration areas or vegetative BMPs to the maximum extent practicable.
A. 
No person shall modify, remove, fill, landscape or alter any existing stormwater BMP without the written approval of the Borough unless it is part of an approved maintenance program.
B. 
No person shall place any structure, fill, landscaping or vegetation into a stormwater BMP or within a drainage easement which would limit or alter the functioning of the BMP without the written approval of the Borough.