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Public Services Department
Public Services Department
300 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
After Hours Emergency Number
Arthur R. Miller, III, P.E., P.L.S.
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 2261
The City stormwater program aims to reduce the amount of pollution entering our stormwater system. The City is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) co-permittee with Orange County. This permit regulates what can be discharged into our waters and delegates compliance enforcement to the City. The Permit requires the City to control and reduce pollutants entering the storm drain system from residents and businesses.
As part of the federal Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the operation of most municipal drainage systems (pipes, drains, ponds, canals, etc.). In addition, they also regulate all industrial activity with any potential to affect surface water quality. Included in the definition of industrial activities are any land disturbing activities or construction. The City of Winter Garden is required to operate a compliance inspection program to ensure that activities within the City do not negatively impact surface water quality.
What Is Stormwater Runoff Pollution?
As it rains, the stormwater runs over streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and yards picking up pollution such as grease, oil, brake fluid, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, garbage, and other contaminants. This untreated stormwater pollution travels into the stormwater system for treatment via gutters, swales, ditches, and pipes and eventually ends up in a natural system like a wetland, lake, river, or the aquifer. Stormwater increases as impervious (non-porous) surfaces increase. Saturated lawns from overwatering or heavy rain events can also act as an impervious surface.
Examples of City activities to control stormwater pollution:
- Sweeping streets, cleaning catch basins and labeling storm drains.
- Controlling construction site erosion.
- Inspecting the storm sewer system to find and eliminate pollution sources.
- Distributing educational materials to the public.
Tips to Prevent Stormwater Pollution
- Hazardous Waste (paint, oil, etc.)
- Pet Waste Management
- Septic Systems
- Car Washing
- Yard Waste
- Yard waste, like grass clippings, contributes nutrients that leads to unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds.
- Litter & Trash
- Best management Practices – i.e. rain barrels, cisterns, pervious pavers, etc.
Educate your family, friends and neighbors about storm water pollution. Spread the word.
Construction & Property Management
All projects disturbing more than one acre of land are required to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) to operate under the statewide Generic Construction Permit. The NOI is filed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) along with a fee. A copy of the NOI and the accompanying Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) are required by the City. For more information about NPDES permitting, please visit the websites listed below or give us a call and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.
Allowable discharges: The following is a list of substances allowed to discharge into the city's storm sewer system provided they are not identified as a source of pollutants to any receiving water body:
- Water line flushing;
- Landscape irrigation;
- Diverted stream flows;
- Rising ground waters;
- Uncontaminated groundwater infiltration (as defined at 40 CFR 35.2005(20)) to separate storm sewers;
- Uncontaminated pumped ground water;
- Discharges from potable water sources;
- Foundation drains;
- Air conditioning condensate;
- Irrigation water;
- Water from crawl space pumps;
- Footing drains;
- Lawn watering;
- Individual residential car washing;
- Flow from riparian habitats and wetlands;
- Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges;
- Street wash waters;
- Discharges or flows from emergency fire fighting activities;
- Reclaimed water line flushing authorized pursuant to a permit issued under authority of Rule 62-610, F.A.C.;
- Flows from uncontaminated roof drains.
All other non-storm substances discharged into the city's storm sewer system are to be considered illicit discharges that would pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public and are hereby prohibited.
To view the complete Stormwater Management ordinance, Chapter 106, visit www.municode.com.
If you see a potential stormwater quality problem, please call the City of Winter Garden Public Services Department at 407-656-4111 ext 2012. Remember, water pollution is everyone's concern.
Orange County Environmental Protection Department
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
St. Johns River Water Management District
Environmental Protection Agency