In order to comply with the first phase of NPDES, the Town enacted a bylaw regulating stormwater. That bylaw made clear that any solid waste and non-stormwater flow, including construction debris, paint, automotive and petroleum products, cleaner and detergents, food and yard waste, and pet waste are specifically prohibited. Further, the bylaw regulated that all connection to the Town’s drainage network must be approved by the Town of Wellesley’s Department of Public Works, Engineering Division. Our bylaw followed the guidance of the EPA in exempting - that is allowing - period discharges from residential car washing, hydrant flushing, fire fighting (including training), pumping of uncontaminated floodwater from basements, dechlorinated swimming pools, and drainage of irrigation systems.
We appreciate your interest in stormwater and hope that you will use this hotline to report anything that seems suspicious or inappropriate that might affect the Town’s precious water resources. We also welcome any feedback you have on our stormwater program.
David J. Hickey, Jr., P.E.