In the Village of Berkeley, there are two different underground flowage systems; the sanitary system and the storm water system. The sanitary system carries waste water from homes and businesses via bathroom, dishwasher, sink, washing machine and other simple waste producing necessities. Traveling through an underground system of pipes connected to homes and businesses, this type of waste water eventually finds its way to a treatment facility where it undergoes treatment making it safe to discharge and reuse. The storm system, however, enters a completely separate set of underground pipes through basins and street curb drains, discharging untreated water into nearby creeks and rivers. Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to a clean-water environment and a major concern for the Village of Berkeley and its residents.
Storm water, by its definition, is the direct byproduct of rain and snow production as it hits surfaces within our environment. This water then flows over surfaces like driveways, lawns and sidewalks, picking up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants along the way, and makes its way to basins and curb drains. Storm water management takes into consideration those things that individuals, households and public behaviors can do to lessen the pollutants that enter the system. Practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings and automotive fluids off the ground and out of our storm water system.
If you should see or suspect any violation of the Village stormwater management efforts, please contact the Village Hall immediately at 708-449-8840.
CAR CARE: It may not seem like a lot of pollution coming from one car, but if you combine the total amount of oil and gas leaking from cars along with the impact of washing a car at home, cars create a very serious problem. Oil and other vehicle fluids don’t dissolve in water, are toxic to humans and wildlife, and remain in the environment for a long time. Consider adjusting some of your past practices for better results without the curbside impact.
HOME IMPROVEMENT:When it comes to improving a home, making a dream upgrade can often create a mess that leaves a greater impact than intended. Having a disposal plan for leftover materials, carefully selecting cleaning solutions and even proper storage techniques can all lead to minimizing negative effects on the environment. Consider adjusting some of your past practices for better results without the curbside impact.
LAWN AND GARDEN: Lawn and garden activities can produce a number of instances where the runoff of fertilizers, pesticides and yard waste can enter into the storm water system. While the intent is to maintain a beautiful property, it should not be at the cost of damage to the environment. Consider adjusting some of your past practices for better results without the curbside impact.
WINTER STRATEGIES: When the winter arrives and snow and ice add to the complications of our day, it’s not hard to overlook the impact of our efforts to remove these obstacles from our busy lives. In fact, with snow on the ground we often forget how vital our storm systems can be as the snow slowly melts and finds its way into storm drains, carrying all forms of contamination along the way. Consider adjusting some of your past practices for better results without the curbside impact.
VILLAGE OF BERKELEY STORMWATER PLAN
Ordinance #15-40: AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF BERKELEY, ILLINOIS, ESTABLISHING STORMWATER DISCHARGE AND CONNECTION REGULATIONS
To view a copy of the Village of Berkeley's Stormwater Management Plan, please click here.