The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (Storm Water Program) is the lead office for the City’s efforts to reduce pollutants in urban runoff and storm water to the maximum extent practicable. These activities, include but are not limited to, public education, employee training, water quality monitoring, source identification, code enforcement, watershed management, and Best Management Practices development / implementation within the City of Vienna jurisdictional boundaries. The Storm Water Program represents the City on storm water and storm water permit issues.
Storm Water Management Plan
Rain water that falls within the watershed surrounding the City of Vienna is transported to the Ohio River through a complex conveyance system that includes curbs, gutters, catch basins and storm drains. Flow traveling over land to the stormwater conveyance system can transfer contaminants, such as chemicals (pesticides, fertilizer, oils, etc.) and solids (grass clippings, leaves, trash, etc.) to the receiving stream. In order to reduce the potential of these contaminants reaching receiving streams throughout the state, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has begun registering Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Sysems (MS4s), such as Vienna, throgugh the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water program. This program attempts to mitigate contamination through Six Minimum Control Measures:
1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Involvement and Participation
3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Storm Water Control
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Organizations
The purpose of this site is to inform the citizens of Vienna about the City’s program to address the Six Minimum Control Measures and to provide an opportunity for the community to participate in implementing the procedures to better water quality the region.
To report any Illicit Stormwater Discharge (IDDE) or illegal dumping into city storm drains or water ways please call or contact the Stormwater department at the information below, you may do so anonymously.
304-295-4543 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
304-295-8428 – after hours
304-295-8431 – city hall
or please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Vienna / Vienna Utility Board here operates and maintains the city’s sewer collection and treatment systems. This includes preventive and emergency maintenance, line replacement, line extensions and connections, development permitting and inspections. Our treatment process uses a simple aerated lagoon designed to convert nutrients in the waste stream so the water can then flow to infiltration basins where it seeps into the groundwater. Everything that is sent to the sewer will have influences on both the collection system and the treatment process. If the equipment gets clogged with garbage it will not work. Items that belong in the solid waste or garbage stream should never be placed in the sewer system.
What you cannot flush or dump into sewers:
- gasoline (not in the garbage either!)
- oil or any other petroleum-containing waste – most can be recycled
- solvents – can be recycled
- anti-freeze – can be recycled
- paints – follow label instructions, allow to dry before placing in garbage
- concentrated soaps and detergents
- dirty water from washing cars
- sewage from septic tanks
- hazardous or toxic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, acids, bases – follow label instructions for proper disposal
- anything that can cause a film, sheen, or discoloration of the water or adjoining shorelines
Tips for taking care of your sewer system:
- Do not put grease or cooking oil into your sewer system. Place leftover grease into a container and allow it to cool and solidify before disposing of it in the garbage. Place used cooking oil in a can or other suitable container and place it in the garbage. Besides the problem of clogging house and street sewer lines, fats, oils and grease are concentrated sources of carbon and will upset the treatment process.
- Do not throw any non-organic materials, including paper towels, fabric or paper clean wipes, baby wipes, diapers, coffee grounds, tea bags, dental floss and sanitary napkins into the sink or toilet. Place them in your garbage where they belong. Be proactive and protect the environment by thinking before you toss – put the right things in the right waste stream.
- Keep tree roots away from your sewer pipes through routine maintenance cleaning schedules. Don’t plant trees or bushes with invasive roots where the roots could reach your sewer line. Cooperative Extension services can help you learn which plants to use near sewer lines. http://www.unce.unr.edu/counties/nye-esmeralda/
Why Pay Attention to What Goes in the Sewer?
It’s simple: Materials that won’t be treated in the wastewater system or that clog the system cause us to spend more money and more energy. Keeping solid waste and other disallowed items out of the wastewater system in the first place means less spending for us, keeping costs as low as possible for you.
The only manufactured item that can be placed in the sewer is toilet paper.
Storm water Information
- Download our storm water brochure
- City of Vienna Revised Stormwater Ordinance
- Cleanup Plans and the Chesapeake Bay
- Stormwater Training Material
- Only Rain Down the Storm Drain
- Rain Gardens | How-to for homeowners
- Storm Water Management Plan
- MS4/NPDES Storm Water Permit
- EPA WaterSense website – saving tips and much more
- Stormwater Tips
- WVDEP Erosion & Sediment Control BMP manual for Construction Sites
- Storm Sewers – The Rivers Beneath our Feet
Storm Water Annual Reports