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Stormwater Management

Peachtree City Stormwater Department

Billing Issues
770-631-6385
Billing Drop Box at 151 Willowbend Rd
Report a stormwater drainage issue



Background
Peachtree City is required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to comply with the NPDES Phase 2 MS4 Regulations of the Federal Clean Water Act.  What this means is that the City is required by law to submit a written Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) outlining how we intend to comply with the regulations.  Our SWMP is approved and is in force until the end of 2017.
  
Approved SWMP              


The SWMP deals in 6 major areas that the City has to make strides in order to clean up our stormwater run-off.  The areas are Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement and Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Run-off Control, Post Development, and Good Housekeeping.  The activities in this SWMP range from distributing information to educating citizens about pollution and its control, to devising a system to ensure the proper maintenance of detention ponds and storm drains throughout the entire City.


Stormwater Utility
The City of Peachtree City has developed a Stormwater Utility to fund all the requirements of our SWMP as well as maintenance issues and capital stormwater projects throughout the city.  The bills for the utility are due in April and October of each year.  Most commercial and industrial customers will receive a bill once a month.  For more information, use the "Understanding Your Bill" link to the left of this page. 

 

Development Requirements
The City has adopted the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual Volumes 1 and 2 (available at Georgia Stormwater) to manage redevelopment and new development.  The purpose of these manuals is to improve water quality and flooding throughout the city by enforcing the standards which our outlined within the manuals.  The requirements in these manuals must be followed for site plan approval.

For more information, contact the Peachtree City Engineering Department at (770) 631-2538

Adopt-A-Path/Park
If you are going to be out and about this fall, why not help do something for the local community by helping pick up trash and debris n one of the City's Adopt - A programs.  Not only do you help keep Peachtree City beautiful, but you help improve water quality in the area by keeping trash from getting into our water ways.  Also, participants are eligible for a 25% credit on their Stormwater Utility bill when they participate in the program prior to each years bill.  It is as easy as signing up and picking up.

Just a reminder, if you already participate you don't have to sign up each year for the program, you just have to submit the credit application every year you wish to get the credit for the bill.  The credit application can be sent directly to the stormwater utility.

All forms for this program can be found on the documents and links section of the stormwater page.


Stormwater Tips

Little Things That Can Enhance Water Quality

Stormwater runoff containing excessive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers is a significant threat to the quality of our water.  With the onset of the summer lawn maintenance season, there are several things one can do to protect the water quality in our lakes and streams:

  • Limit the use of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
  • Do not apply fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides if heavy rain is predicted.
  • Rather than broadcasting herbicides, spot treat only those areas that contain weeds.
  • Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that require little or no fertilizer.
  • Make sure to properly dispose any unused portions. Do not dump unused fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides down a storm drain.


Reduce Erosion and Sediment Transport

When it rains, runoff flowing across bare or sparsely vegetated areas picks up soil particles that ultimately can be redeposited in our creeks and lakes. Once the sediment reaches a water body, it can remain suspended in the water for some time before settling to the bottom resulting in a degraded water quality. There are several things a homeowner can do reduce erosion and sediment transport. Plant grass, place mulch or plant groundcover over bare areas in your yard. The roots of the grass and groundcover can hold soil in place while mulch can reduce the erosive nature of moving water.


Car Washing

When you wash your car in your driveway or on the street, pollutants in the wash water such as detergents, oil, gas, road grime and heavy metals make their way into the storm drainage system. The wash water and pollutants are then carried by the storm drainage system and discharged directly into our waterways. These pollutants are toxic to fish and other aquatic life.

The following practices can help protect and enhance the water quality of our creeks and lakes: 

  • Take your car to a commercial carwash. Most commercial car wash facilities recycle the wash water or are connected to the sanitary sewer system that will treat the used wash water.
  • Wash your car on a grass or gravel surface to filter runoff and allow it to infiltrate
  • Consider using environmentally-friendly products labeled “non-toxic”, “phosphate free” and “biodegradable.”
  • Conserve water by using a spray nozzle with an automatic shut off or shutting off the hose when not in use.
  • Use a bucket of soapy water to re-soap rags or sponges throughout the wash rather than adding more soap directly to rags or sponges. Always empty buckets of dirty wash water onto landscaped areas or into sinks or toilets rather than dumping the bucket onto your driveway or into the gutter.

Pet Waste

Did you know that a single gram of pet waste contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria?  When it rains, stormwater runoff carries the untreated waste material and bacteria into our creeks and lakes where it can create a health hazard.  The City reminds all pet owners to please pick up after your pet and prevent your pets waste from contributing to water pollution. 



Swimming Pool Discharges

The spring and fall are peak times for performing swimming pool maintenance.  During most maintenance activities, large volumes of highly chlorinated water may be discharged to the storm drainage system. While it may appear that the pool water is being discharged into a closed pipe system, please remember that all storm drainage pipes in the City ultimately discharge into a creek or lake. Once the chlorinated pool water reaches a lake or creek, it can have an adverse effect on the overall environmental health of the watershed because chlorine is highly toxic to fish and other wildlife. 

Discharging chlorinated pool water directly to the City’s storm drainage system (pipes, lakes, creeks, ditches, etc) is a violation of Appendix B, Article X, Section 1010 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

However, there are some actions that a pool owner can take to ensure that highly chlorinated pool water does not reach our creeks and lakes. 

  • Allow the pool water to naturally dechlorinate by letting the water sit in the pool untreated for at least seven (7) days.  Routinely check the chlorine concentration with a test kit.  Once chlorine is no longer present in the pool water, discharge the water over a grassy or vegetated area.  This will allow for natural aeration of the water and may allow some of the water to infiltrate into the soil further enhancing water quality.

 

  • Dechlorinate the pool water by adding dechlorination tablets or powders.  Routinely check the chlorine concentration with a test kit. Once chlorine is no longer present in the pool water, discharge the water over a grassy or vegetated area. This will allow for natural aeration of the water and may allow some of the water to infiltrate into the soil further enhancing water quality.

 

  • Be sure you do not flood your neighbors. Discharge the pool water over a 24-hour period. This will also prevent any soil erosion that may occur due to the high volume of water being discharged at a single point.


Report a stormwater drainage issue
or call 770-631-6385