Flexibility and Change for Stormwater Permits in MA

Recently, The Environmental Protection Agency initiated changes to requirements for small municipal separate stormwater sewer systems located in Massachusetts. The new permits will update stormwater management efforts across the state, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands from pollutants, including elevated levels of nutrients that cause algae blooms and other problems in many Massachusetts communities. At the same time, the permit maximizes flexibility for individual municipalities to tailor their efforts to individual needs and local conditions. The updated permits will require covered municipalities to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program to control pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, protect water quality, and satisfy appropriate requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. The final permits maximize flexibility and planning time for municipalities. The final permit becomes effective July 1, 2017.

Home inspection tips: When looking to buy a home in Massachusetts, there is a protocol that should be followed to ensure a successful outcome. While it may not be easy for a buyer to spot a wet basement, there are some signs you can look for at an open house. If all of the utility systems and basement storage is propped up a few inches or more off the ground, that may be an indication that the basement has had water issues.  The condition of the sewer lines is also something that is not part of a regular home inspection, so a few hundred dollars for a dedicated sewer inspection could prove to be a worthy investment.

Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here! See you then!


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