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Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

The Goal: Developing and implementing a plan to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to the storm sewer system (includes developing a system map and informing the community about hazards associated with illegal discharges and improper disposal of waste).

 Illicit connections are defined as "illegal and/or improper connections to storm drainage systems and receiving waters." Illicit discharges can be categorized as either direct or indirect.

EXAMPLES OF DIRECT ILLICIT DISCHARGES:
  • sanitary wastewater piping that is directly connected from home to the storm sewer
  • materials (e.g., used motor oil) that have been dumped illegally into a storm drain catch basin
  • a shop floor drain that is connected to the storm sewer
  • a cross-connection between the municipal sewer and storm sewer systems
EXAMPLES OF INDIRECT ILLICIT DISCHARGES:
  • an old and damaged sanitary sewer line that is leaking fluids into a cracked storm sewer line
  • a failing septic system that is leaking into a cracked storm sewer line

REPORT WATER POLLUTION

Contact 911 if the illicit discharge is creating a life-threatening situation.