Peachtree City is required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to comply with the NPDES Phase 2 MS4 Regulations of the Federal Clean Water Act. What this means is that the City is required by law to submit a written Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) outlining how we intend to comply with the regulations. Our SWMP is approved and is in force until the end of 2017.
The SWMP deals in 6 major areas that the City has to make strides in order to clean up our stormwater run-off. The areas are Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement and Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Runoff Control, Post Development, and Good Housekeeping. The activities in this SWMP range from distributing information to educating citizens about pollution and its control, to devising a system to ensure the proper maintenance of detention ponds and storm drains throughout the entire City.
The City of Peachtree City has developed a Stormwater Utility to fund all the requirements of our SWMP as well as maintenance issues and capital stormwater projects throughout the city. The bills for the utility are due in April and October of each year. Most commercial and industrial customers will receive a bill once a month. For more information, use the "Understanding Your Bill" link to the left of this page.
The City has adopted the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual Volumes 1 and 2 (available at Georgia Stormwater) to manage redevelopment and new development. The purpose of these manuals is to improve water quality and flooding throughout the city by enforcing the standards which our outlined within the manuals. The requirements in these manuals must be followed for site plan approval.
For more information, contact the Peachtree City Engineering Department at (770) 631-2538.
If you are going to be out and about this fall, why not help do something for the local community by helping pick up trash and debris none of the City's Adopt - A programs. Not only do you help keep Peachtree City beautiful, but you help improve water quality in the area by keeping trash from getting into our waterways. Also, participants are eligible for a 25% credit on their Stormwater Utility bill when they participate in the program prior to each year's bill. It is as easy as signing up and picking up.
Just a reminder, if you already participate you don't have to sign up each year for the program, you just have to submit the credit application every year you wish to get the credit for the bill. The credit application can be sent directly to the stormwater utility.
All forms for this program can be found on the documents and links section of the stormwater page.
Little Things That Can Enhance Water Quality
Did you know that a single gram of pet waste contains an average of 23 million fecal coliform bacteria? When it rains, stormwater runoff carries the untreated waste material and bacteria into our creeks and lakes where it can create a health hazard. The City reminds all pet owners to please pick up after their pet and prevent their pet's waste from contributing to water pollution.
Stormwater runoff containing excessive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are a significant threat to water quality. There are several things one can do to protect the water quality in our lakes and streams;
- Limit the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
- Do not apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted.
- Rather than broadcasting herbicides, spot treat only those areas that contain weeds.
- Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that require little or no fertilizer.
- Make sure to properly dispose of any unused portions. Do not dump pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers down a storm drain.