Stormwater Regulatory Information


The acronym stands for National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems. This is a storm water management program developed by the state offices of the Department Of Environmental Protection (EPA) to address pollution and flooding. State laws require municipalities to obtain state permits, and to strictly regulate water quality and quantity from construction sites, new development, illegal dumping to storm sewer systems and to educate the public (residents and business owners) on the importance of pollution prevention.

 Regulatory Information

 The City of Hutchinson's permit is issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and has six requirements:

  1.     Public Education and Outreach
  2.     Public Participation and Involvement
  3.     Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4.     Construction Site Runoff Control
  5.     Post-Construction Runoff Control
  6.     Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

I own a house on a small amount of land. Why would I care about storm water?

Storm water effects everybody, we all live downhill from somewhere. Everything we do on our little piece of the earth will have some effect on somebody. If we don't control runoff from our own property, somewhere, somebody down hill from us will feel it. If we all neglect our responsibilities to maintain our own property and control our own runoff, there will continue to be devastating effects on those down hill from us.

This doesn't pertain to me. I don't discharge any storm water from my property.

Do you live in a house with rain gutters that take your roof water and dump it onto your driveway? Do you have a storm drain on or near your driveway or property? Do you drain your swimming pool every fall? Did you expand your driveway, enlarge your roof or add a garage? Unless you have some sort of storm water system on your property, you are discharging water from your property into a stream somewhere. Here are a few suggestions on how you can make a difference:

  •      Rake up your Leaves
  •     Create a Rain Garden
  •     Install a Rain Barrel
  •     Pick up after your pets
  •     Avoid over watering your lawn - Lawns need an average of one inch of water per week (this includes any rainfall). Use a flow meter or set out a pie plate/container to determine the appropriate watering rate for your lawn and you'll conserve water and save money on your bill! Also water lawns and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to encourage slow evaporation. Don't water on windy, overcast or rainy days. Taking these steps can save as much as 300 gallons of water per month, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  •     Dispose of your yard waste properly
  •     Stop or report Illegal Dumping into storm drains or ditches
  •     Volunteer
  •     Disconnect your homes gutter downspouts from the storm system pipes (be sure that it drains away from your foundation)
  •     Keep sediment from entering the storm system
  •     Recycle your Used Motor Oil
  •     Wash your car properly
  •     Clean and De-water your pool properly
  •     Take your Household Hazardous Wastes to the Reno County Landfill for proper disposal.