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Stormwater Program

The stormwater staff develops and implements procedures to carry out the requirements of the City's separate Storm Sewer Permit, NPDES No. PA-0063665 and Section 402(p) of the Clean Water Act (Storm Water Rules) and monitors water quality in the watersheds to ensure the primary sources of water for the public water supply are not degraded. The program maintains, repairs and replaces all storm sewer lines, inlets and manholes. Employees provide emergency standby services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to storm sewer problems. Other program activities include daily inspection and maintenance of the storm sewer collection system and continuing evaluation of the storm sewer systems through daily CCTV inspection program. This program provides support for all street salting and plowing activities.

Storm Sewer employees recognized

At this year’s AFD Memorial and Commendation Awards Ceremony held on October 20, 2015 two Storm Sewer employees were recognized for their hard work & dedication. Mike Elias & Robert Thomas assisted Fire and the Haz-Mat team with the large fire and oil spill at Harry’s-U-Pull-It on Plymouth St., on the east side of Allentown.  With their knowledge of the city’s storm water system, they were able to keep approximately 3,500 gallons of oil from reaching the Lehigh River. They were able to assist the haz-mat team in stopping a spill at an outfall on American Parkway so it did not drain into the Lehigh River. Mike & Robert were also part of the crew that cleaned up all storm water structures of oil and debris that resulted from the fire and spill.

Camera Truck


Additional Information
The construction area and surrounding area will be posted a day or two prior to construction.

Please note that there will be a few days (time will vary depending on the size/scope of project) that the street will be closed, or have traffic restricted, due to the construction.

Homeowner Resources
Downspout Disconnection

Guide to Stormwater

Stormwater Management

Spill Response

To report a spill, please call
(610) 437-7638

When should you report a spill?

* All spills of any hazardous material.
* All petroleum spills with potential to pollute.
* Incidents that involve illegal/improper disposal of any material.