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Stormwater Program

The goal of the City’s Stormwater Management Program is to manage the drainage infrastructure, in order to minimize pollution from entering our local waterways. Best Management Practices are implemented to meet federal requirements established by the Clean Water Act, and issued through a PaDEP MS4 NPDES permit. The program is comprised of many elements which act to reduce runoff volume, pollution, and localized flooding, while promoting public safety and improving the water quality of the streams and the Lehigh River, which flow through Allentown. Long-range goals of the program include replacing and upgrading aged infrastructure, understanding and addressing stream impairments, and educating and partnering with our community to help reduce environmental impacts.

Report Stormwater Pollution


Help to keep pollution out of our streams by reporting spills and illegal dumping. Paint, motor oil, dirt, cooking grease, and other pollutants which enter inlet grates in the streets, travel through underground pipes and pollute our streams.

To Report a Spill or Illegal Dumping:

  • Call 911 for an emergency
  • Call 610.437.7636 during business hours (7:00 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Call 610.437.7751 after hours and on weekends
  • Submit an online report by visiting the Contact Us page of the website

Protect Our Streams with this Seasonal Stormwater Tip

As the Summer temperatures take a dip and you prepare to close your pool, be aware that chlorinated water can kill aquatic life and is prohibited from being drained into the street and into the stormwater system.

Follow these steps to lower the water level of your residential swimming pool:

  • Stop adding chlorine to an uncovered pool and wait. Sunlight will help to naturally dissipate the chlorine within a few days.
  • During this time, use a test kit to measure the chlorine.
  • Allow the chlorine to reduce to undetectable levels.
  • Drain the water onto a vegetated surface.
  • Do not allow the water to flow into a storm drain or onto a neighbor’s property, create a nuisance condition, or cause erosion.

Contact Information
Angela DiBuo
MS4 Coordinator

Michael Lichty
Environmental Engineer

Robert Thomas
Stormwater Manager

Scott Reppert
Maintenance Supervisor

Jason Hertz
Maintenance Supervisor