MINERSVILLE - The borough is going to start making sure residents are in compliance with state Department of Environmental Protection regulations to have their sewer and stormwater separated.
Borough Manager Joseph Bass and police Chief Michael Combs said Friday that the borough has been getting pressured by DEP and information will be going out within the next week.
"There's a lot of people who have their storm drains or downspouts going into the sewer system and you can't do that," Combs said. "For some people it has been their setup for years."
The information will include how to separate downspouts that go into the sewer system and the town will be notified in sections to get in compliance.
"It's going to be a major undertaking by the borough," Combs said. "People are going to be somewhat inconvenienced a little bit because we have to come out and inspect it and make sure it complies. If they aren't in compliance, they're going to have to fix whatever is wrong. Some of them are simple fixes."
Most of the remedies, that will be detailed in the information being sent out, aren't expensive and may be as little as a piece of drainpipe and a plug, both are of little cost.
Combs added that if residents have drains in their basement, they need to get it plugged and if they have downspouts that go into a sewer, it needs to be disconnected and the water run out to their sidewalk or yard.
For some homes, residents may be required to re-pipe their sump pumps, which Combs said is "a little more involved."
Residents will be given the opportunity to get in compliance and Bass said there is a penalty if they don't comply, which their sewer bill will be four times the amount that they're used to until they get it fixed.
"We don't want to punish anybody, but we want to make sure that it gets separated," Bass said. "This isn't happening just in Minersville. This is all over the place."
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