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Illicit Discharge and Connection FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions
Illicit discharges & connections cause unfiltered water pollution to travel directly into creeks, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.

What is an Illicit Discharge?
An illicit discharge is an unlawful act of disposing, dumping, spilling, emitting, or other discharge of any substance other than stormwater into the storm drain system; such as catch basins, yard inlet, or lakes and streams.
Examples of Illicit Discharges:
Paint being poured into or near a storm structure
Changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm structure
Discarding yard waste in or near a storm structure

What is an Illicit Connection?
An illicit connection is an unlawful connection which allows the discharge of non-stormwater to the storm drain system or lakes and streams.
Examples of possible Illicit Connections:
Floor drains going into the storm drain system
Pipe from washing machine tying into storm drain structure
Sewer service pipe tying into storm structure

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