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
Call the Stormwater Hotline/Helpline at (704) 813-0251 to report flooding, pollution, spills, illegal dumping, or illicit discharges or to ask questions about Stormwater and request Stormwater Services.
REPORT WATER POLLUTION
Contact 911 if the illicit discharge is creating a life-threatening situation.