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Stormwater Management Program
The City of Pflugerville has developed the Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) in meeting the requirements administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Our overall goal for the program is to ensure that the control and elimination of stormwater pollution is fully implemented within our creeks and streams.

What is stormwater polluted runoff?  
No Dumping Drains to Creek Be the SolutionRain and other weather events produce water that can either soak into the ground or generate what is called “run off” into lower lying areas. The water will eventually make its way into local streams, lakes and other water bodies. However, this runoff water will pick up and carry many harmful substances that can cause major pollution problems.

Many chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, oil and soap are extremely harmful in any amount. Other materials like sediment (dirt) from construction sites, pet waste, and lawn care clippings and leaves can also harm our local waterways.

Activities such as watering lawns, washing your car, and faulty septic tanks can also be a cause for runoff pollution because water can flow onto the land surface. Eventually, that runoff will carry harmful pollutants to creeks, rivers and lakes.

This type of pollution can happen anywhere land is altered or developed. Driveways, roofs, roadways, and parking lots are many common areas where water falls on hard surfaces. This actually prevents water from soaking into the ground. Large amounts of runoff that picks up pollutants flow from gutters and storm drains to streams. This not only pollutes' but can have drastic effects on local stream banks causing erosion. The pollution and eroded dirt will mix together causing muddy water which eventually causes major problems downstream. 

Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES)
A requirement of the Federal Clean Water Act involves large and medium sized towns across the United States to take steps to reduce polluted stormwater runoff. Two phases were then applied to the law. Large cities were addressed in the first phase. The second phase came later and is commonly called “Phase II,” which requires medium and small cities to take steps to reduce stormwater. 

The EPA appointed full authority to issue permits for the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) program to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  On August 13, 2007, under the provisions of Section 402 of the CWA and Chapter 26 of the Texas Water Code, TCEQ issued TPDES Phase II General Permit No. TXR040000 to discharge stormwater from small MS4s to waters of the United States.

The TPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit went into effect in February 2008.  The permit requires that all affected municipalities create and implement a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) which addresses six minimum control measures (MCMs): 

1. Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts
2. Public Involvement/Participation
3. Illicit Discharge Detection
4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development & Redevelopment
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Community Operations

Storm water Management Program
For access to the City of Pflugerville Stormwater Management Program click here

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination 
A major focus of the City’s SWMP is the elimination of illegal discharges to Pflugerville’s surface waters from illicit connections, illegal dumping, and lack of awareness. The City’s Illicit Discharge Detection Elimination Program (IDDEP) tasks include handling complaints and coordinating the frequent removal of significant quantities of pollutants from the local drainage system which pose a threat to both human and aquatic life. One of the requirements of the federal Phase II NPDES storm water regulations and the TCEQ General Permit is to develop, implement, and enforce a program to eliminate improper connections to the storm sewer system and other improper discharges to surface waters. 

Sources of Illicit Discharges
  • Sanitary waste water
  • Effluent from septic tanks
  • Car wash waste waters
  • Chlorinated water (draining pools and spas)
  • Improper oil disposal
  • Radiator flushing disposal
  • Laundry waste waters
  • Spills from roadway accidents
  • Improper disposal of auto and household toxic items

  • The City of Pflugerville provides the following Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination services:

    • Illicit Connection Investigations
    • Complaint Report Forms/ Tip Line
    • Investigative Monitoring
    • Illicit Discharge Education Materials

    To report suspected illicit discharges, please email the Stormwater staff or call 512-990-6300. 

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