Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two Stormwater Ordinances Up Monday

As we see here, some folks think stuffing bottles down a storm sewer is good citizenship.


Anything that goes down the sewer affects stormwater quality. One new ordinance up for second reading Monday will provide for new storm drain inlets that prevent litter intrusion.

Another ordinance will require that garbage containers or Dumpsters be free from leaks.

Would that somebody would also decree a rule for the regular washing of garbage trucks, so that the stench does not knock pedestrians flat as they walk around the central business district! When Chris Christie came to visit recently, the predominant aroma downtown was Eau de Trash.

PMUA trucks regularly leave a puddle or trail of pungent garbage juice in our driveway. It dries up eventually, but while it lasts, it's a killer.

When it rains, all sorts of pollutants wash into storm sewers. To learn more about control of these pollutants, click here to read information from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The city is also planning a special vehicle washing station to reduce stormwater pollution.

--Bernice Paglia


Blogger Maria Pellum, Plainfield Resident said...

Thanks Bernice for this update on the storm sewer. There is a Committee, or Commission, or whatever they call it nowadays for Storm Sewer but they only check, if they do, only once a year. Good luck on that one.

Living in a busy corner with four storm sewers we know how filthy they can get if there is no regular cleaning, and by regular I mean at least once a week. I wish the city would pick up the task of making sure the storm sewers are clean, maybe this way I could have my husband back from cleaning and sweeping our street and storm sewers a little bit earlier.

Or maybe we can send a receipt to the city and they can deduct its payment from our taxes.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definition of Storm/Rain water = Our future DRINKING water.

9:01 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Thre residue could be a "killer" after the liquid residue dries up , as it coluld be still a sourse of pathogens.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch in amazement as resident rake leaves into the sewer. Are they lazy, not thinking, not caring, or all of the above?

10:39 AM  
Blogger MichaelT said...

The garbage truck issue is easily resolved by the PMUA requiring its workers to wash out the trucks at least once a week. I am familiar with municipal operations, and that practice of regular washing proved to limit residual waste "juices" leaking from the trucks.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Michael. Washing out the trucks once per week as is done in other municipalities will help stem leaks and odors.

The city needs to send a couple of inspectors around to cite residents who rake leaves into storm drains. If the city would undertake a review of how inspections can be improved, I am sure that this problem can be "abated" somewhat.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We as a group of citizens need to be more vigilent and respectful of each other.

Are we pigs in Plainfield? Look at the streets, and the fast food boxes, cups etc. on the street. Look at the bottles with liquid other than soda / water thrown on the lawn. Why are we not policing ourselves and neighbors? Let's clean this city up - renters, owners, landlords, business owners together.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regretably, many of the residents of Plainfield are pigs. They leave the corner stores and throw the wrappers on the ground and think nothing of it. Good upbringing?? Maybe not enough Sesame Street as a child?? We could add more trash cans to the downtown to help. Maybe if they see them they will use them.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a city wide campaign to teach those who think that garbage in the street is OK. We can do it.

11:30 AM  

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