Common Illicit Discharge Violations

  • Chlorinated backwash and draining associated
    with swimming pools
  • Commercial car wash
  • Contaminated foundation drains
  • Cooling water unless no chemicals added or
    has TPDES permit
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, lawn/landscape waste
  • Household toxins
  • Industrial discharges
  • Oil, anti-freeze, paint, cleaning fluids
  • Sanitary sewer discharges 
  • Septic tank discharges
  • Wash waters from commercial/industrial activities
  • Washing machine discharges

What are Indications of Illegal/Illicit Discharges to the Storm Drain System?

  • Unusual color or cloudiness
  • Strong pungent or musty odor
  • Floating debris
  • Surface scum or foam
  • Oil sheen
  • Algae
  • Dead vegetation or inhibited growth
  • Dead animals
  • Stains on channel bottom or sides
  • Pipe corrosion