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Help Stop Water Pollution

 

Water Pollution is defined as “the addition of harmful substances to natural water sources."

Fish, birds and wildlife depend on clean water sources to survive just as people do. When it becomes unfit for drinking or recreation, both man-made and natural communities suffer and deteriorate. Dirty or polluted water is one of the world’s largest health risks.

 

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Preventing water pollution at home can be very simple. Here are things you can do to ensure you are helping to keep our streams and water supply clean, safe and healthy.

This list is just some of the many items that accumulate in our streams by irresponsible individuals or businesses. It most often occurs because of ignorance or negligence, but you can take steps to prevent it from happening in your neighborhood.

 

 

Report Pollution Issues

Montgomery County has a Water Quality Ordinance (Chapter 19, Article IV, Water Quality Control) that provides guidelines and regulations for preventing water pollution and enforcing against violators in the County. If you find evidence of water pollution occurring or that has occurred, you should report it to the County by calling 311.

 

The following actions are specifically prohibited in the County:

a. A person must not discharge, or cause to flow from a storage system or other container, any pollutant into waters of the state in the County except in concentrations or quantities explicitly authorized by an approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit or by a plan for compliance, or that are consistent with the utilization of approved best management practices.

b. A person must not connect any apparatus discharging any pollutant, in any quantity, to any part of the waters of the state in the County except as explicitly authorized by an approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit or by a plan for compliance, or as results from approved best management practices.

c. A person must not improperly store, handle, or apply any pollutant in a manner that will cause its exposure to rainfall or runoff and discharge as point source or nonpoint source pollution into waters of the state in the County except in concentrations or quantities authorized by an approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit or by a plan for compliance, or as results from approved best management practices. (1994 L.M.C., ch. 31, § 1.)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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