Why is Storm Water a Concern?
Storm water runoff is rain water and snow melt that runs off the land and enters streams, rivers, and lakes, often flowing through a community's storm sewer system. Storm water runoff can contain toxic chemicals, oil and grease, pesticides, metals, and other contaminants that are a major source of water pollution and can potentially pose a threat to public health and the environment.
In order to continue improving the water quality of stormwater runoff and mitigate the harmful effects of pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set regulations that require municipalities to obtain permits through the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and prepare annual Facility Inspection Reports. The Village of Bartlett must follow the EPA’s storm water requirements for populations less than 100,000 classified as Storm Water Phase II.
Storm Water Phase II programs and the annual reports must address these topics:
Public education and outreach
Illicit discharge detection and elimination
Construction Site Runoff Control
Post-Construction Runoff Control
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
More information about these program components is available on the NPDES section of the EPA’s website.
The Village of Bartlett has partnered with DuPage County to provide a broad storm water management plan to further prevent storm water pollution. Please use the links below to access DuPage County Stormwater Management webpages and other resources aimed at keeping local waterways safe.
After the Storm - A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Stormwater
Citizen Monitoring - Illicit Discharge Detection
Car Wash Guidelines - Send Only Rain Down the Drain
Proper Pet Care - Managing Your Pet's Waste Safely
Sustainable Lawn Care Practices
For DuPage and Kane County residents who want to help divert storm water from the sewer system and also want to save on their water bills, the Conservation Foundation is currently selling rain barrels. The rain barrels are available in different colors and can be picked-up or delivered. For information, visit www.theconservationfoundation.org/page.php?PageID=106.
For Cook County residents, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is selling and delivering rain barrels. For information, visit https://www.mwrd.org/irj/portal/anonymous/rainbarrel.