Notice to Pepperell Residents

The Town of Pepperell was recently issued a new permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s). The terms of the permit began on July 1, 2018 and will continue for the next five years. New permits are expected to be issued every five years after that. The permit will require the Town, an MS4 permittee, to manage its’ municipal drainage system to assure the protection of water quality throughout the community and within the receiving waters. This permit will significantly increase the work the Town of Pepperell must perform to meet the requirements. It is important to note that the MS4 permits are issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and this program is in force nationwide. The permits have been in place for most other MA communities for over thirteen years, and this is the second issuance of the MS4 permit. Newly regulated communities such as Pepperell have a significant amount of work to do to come into full compliance with the permit terms in a short five-year window. In order to meet these new permit requirements, the Town of Pepperell voted to establish a Storm Water Enterprise Fund to function as a stormwater utility.

Beginning in February 2019, the Town of Pepperell will begin issuing a Storm Water Utility fee to all town parcels. The fee will be assessed quarterly and will be included on your Water and Sewer billing. If you do not currently receive a Water/Sewer bill, you will still receive an invoice for the Storm Water portion only.

Every parcel in Town will be assessed a flat quarterly fee estimated to be $15.00. The purpose of this fee is to generate adequate funding to comply with the recently issued NPDES MS4 permit from the EPA. There are many tasks that must be completed on an annual basis, including but not limited to:

•    Clean & inspect municipal storm lines and drainage infrastructure 

•    Perform public education & outreach to various target audiences

•    Inspection & sampling of stormwater at outfalls

•    Develop a system-wide Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (IDDE) program

•    Develop & implement a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) 

•    Develop & implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for all municipal sites

•    Map the storm drainage system and identify catchment areas associated with the outfalls

•    Benchmark & evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation efforts

•    Prepare & file annual report with EPA

A copy of the permit and additional information on the Storm Water Program may be found on the Town’s website at