Environmental Quality

Water Pollution

Citizens are encouraged to be on the lookout for illicit (illegal) discharges to our creeks and encouraged to call 911 or the "Hotline" numbers to report them. Remember all of our storm drains lead to creeks, and there should be only rain going into these drains.

Over the past four months, residents in your watersheds have reported illicit discharges and practices which can foul our creeks and drinking water: leaking sanitary sewer manhole covers (especially during dry weather), soapy or power washing water entering storm drains, strong sewage odors, odors of gasoline, swimming pool discharges into streets, broken water mains, drainage of sump pumps directly into creeks, dumping of trash and yard waste near creeks, running hoses into creeks or storm drains, and fish kills, by calling these numbers. Please save them for future reference. Your efforts are key to protecting clean water!

Contact About Environmental Concerns

Concern Organization / Hours
Spills and other emergencies
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
 24 hours a day
484-250-5900 or
Environmental complaints (including
water quality complaints) 
DEP weekdays
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For off hours, leave a message.
Fish kills (1st call) DEP 
24 hours a day
Fish kills (2nd call) Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Construction site issues, including erosion, off-site discharges of mud/sediment, improper or no silt fencing Delaware County Conservation District Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Broken water mains Aqua Pennsylvania
24 hours
610-525-1402 or

Sanitary Sewer Backup

A reminder for the Upper Providence Township sewer customers who have a grinder pump supplied and owned by the Upper Providence Township Sewer Authority. If the pump alarm sounds, the following steps should be taken:
  • Silence the audible alarm by pushing the button on the bottom of the pump control box
  • Call the 24 hour service number which is on the face of the control box
Note: If there is no 24 hour service sticker on the face of the control box, please call the Sewer Authority office at 610-566-5376 during normal business hours to obtain a new sticker: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.