Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. As it flows, it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deposit them into a storm sewer system or waterbody.

Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

Remember: Only Rain Down the Drain

To keep the stormwater leaving your home or workplace clean, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
  • Repair auto leaks.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.), and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface.
  • Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
  • Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar.

The Village of Germantown Hill’s General NPDES Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems can be viewed here:
Germantown Hills 2023 Permit

The Village encourages the public to learn more about storm water and different storm water management programs and would encourage the public to explore the following websites: