Stormwater and Collection Systems
LRWWU's collection system is designed to protect the health, safety, and environment of the greater Lowell community, which includes Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, and Tyngsborough. Without this collection system, flooding and waterborne illnesses would be difficult, if not impossible, to prevent.
Stormwater Management (MS4 / MSGP)
Management of stormwater has become an increasingly important initiative over the past decade. There has been a recent emphasis on regulating the quality of stormwater discharges to surface water bodies.
The primary initiatives related to stormwater are identifying outfalls, eliminating illicit discharges, mapping the city's drainage system, and educating the public and municipal employees about stormwater issues. Stormwater is regulated by two permits:
- Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) - this program is aimed at regulating stormwater discharges to local waterways in urban areas.
- Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) - this program regulates stormwater discharges to local waterways from certain industries, including wastewater treatment facilities.