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The City of Valparaiso's MS4 program was recognized by Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) at the 2013 MS4 Annual Meeting for three categories, including efforts to detect and eliminate illicit discharges, efforts to control post-construction stormwater runoff, and public education/participation for the recent rain barrel decorating competition. 
Click here for details of the story and Certificate of Recognition.

What is an MS4?

MS4 stands for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. An MS4 entity owns or operates a system for collecting and conveying stormwater. The purpose of the MS4 program is to maintain and benefit water quality in creeks, streams, and waterways by reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff. Click here for more information about the program.

News on 2014 Rain Barrel Program
Are you tired of swimming or fishing in slimy green lakes? Would you like to save money on your summer water bill? Using rain barrels at home is an easy way for you to help reduce pollution in our lakes and rivers, and offer free water for exterior uses.

Many people are not aware that the polluted stormwater runoff is a major cause of pollution in our nation’s waters. Every time it rains, water runs off of roofs, driveways, parking lots and roads, picking up pollutants. The water is then collected in storm sewers and ditches and then sent rushing into local water bodies without pretreatment, causing erosion, flooding and water pollution.

By installing a rain barrel at your home, you can help reduce the impact of stormwater runoff. The water collected by rain barrels can later be used to water your lawn or garden during dry weeks, or even wash your car, which helps conserve potable water supplies and reduce your water bill.

We are happy to announce that the 2014 Rain Barrel Program has launched! This year we will be offering 200 rain barrels at reduced price of $20 each to residents of the City of Valparaiso. This program is funded by stormwater fees collected from residents in the City, so the barrels at reduced price are offered only to city residents who live within city limits and pay stormwater fees. The offer is limited to one per household. Residents can buy a second barrel or barrels are available to nonresidents for $51 each. Additional $2.50 applies if credit card is used for payment. Order by May 26 for pick up on May 31 at Central Park Plaza from 10 am to 2 pm.

To order a rain barrel online, click on this link directly, or go to www.UpCycle-Products.com and click on the Valparaiso link at right. Go to this brochure for more information about the rain barrels and program.  

City of Valparaiso's MS4 program

As required by the MS4 rules, the City of Valparaiso is implementing the six  Minimum Control Measures (MCMs). Learn about these components by clicking on the links.

Publication Resources

Additional Information
For additional information on what the MS4 Program is all about and what you can do on stormwater pollution prevention, please visit:

For more information, please contact Mingyan Zhou, the City of Valparaiso's MS4 Operator, at 219.462.1161.