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The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for maintaining the Village's infrastructure. This infrastructure includes pavement, curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, street trees, sanitary sewers, water mains and hydrants, storm drains, signs, parking lots, public buildings, and parkland. The Department provides the majority of municipal services offered by the Village of Pleasantville.
Permits for road openings, construction of new sidewalks, water or sewer connections are available from DPW.
What we do on land eventually affects our water resources.
Stormwater runoff is the excess rain or melted snow that cannot be absorbed by the soil and flows off our roofs, and over our yards, parking lots, and streets. It becomes nonpoint source pollution when it picks up contaminants along the way such as litter, fertilizer, and car oils, and enters a storm drain system where it is transported to a waterbody. Stormwater runoff has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a major contributor of pollution to our watercourses, waterbodies and wetlands, and is also a concern for flooding.
Storm drains are the grate openings you see along curbs, streets and parking lots. Their purpose is to collect stormwater runoff and direct it through a conveyance system to a discharge point such as a stream or lake. A sanitary sewer, on the other hand, takes household waste water from toilets, sinks and showers and transports it to a wastewater treatment facility where the water is treated thoroughly before it is released.
In November 1999 the EPA finalized regulations that require small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in urbanized areas to reduce discharges from storm sewers to the maximum extent practicable by developing and implementing programs to manage stormwater runoff. For information on the Village's stormwater program, annual reports, and other information, contact Jeff Econom, P.E. at 914-769-1690.
Illicit Discharges: Report Illicit Discharges to Jeff Econom,.P.E. at 914-769-1690.
Stormwater Education and Outreach Program
The Westchester Department of Planning, in partnership with the Village of Pleasantville and other localities, created a regional Stormwater Education and Outreach program through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The program helps residents and others learn about ways that they can reduce stormwater pollution. For more information, please explore the links located here: http://planning.westchestergov.com/environment/stormwater-management
What can you do?
Your day-to-day activities on land have an effect on your water quality, whether it’s your drinking water or your favorite beach, but there are simple things that you can do differently in order to protect this valuable, natural resource. For example:
Start by familiarizing yourself with the water cycle.
Then identify the watershed you live in so that you understand which water bodies are affected by your land use activities.
Build a rain garden or a rain barrel on your property.