Borough moves to reduce standing water in streets

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BELMAR — The Belmar Borough Council has approved an ordinance to regulate borough sump pump connections.

At the Wednesday, Nov. 7 council meeting, Ordinance 2018-16 was approved amending chapter 29, water-sewer utility department, of borough code to create regulations for sump pump connections.

After several residents came to multiple meetings to discuss issues of standing “green” water in their neighborhoods, the council decided it was time to act and make regulations for new builds and renovations.

Borough officials have come to realize, according to Ms. Connolly, that there may be an “inordinate number of illegal storm sump pump connections hooked to our sanitary sewer or just discharged into the street.”

According to Belmar Department of Public Works [DPW] Director Michael Campbell, the DPW has tried to go to as many trouble spots as possible after rains but can’t get to every one, every time.

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