Effects of Illicit Discharge

Illegal dumping or illicit discharge contaminates stormwater runoff entering wells and surface water, as well as blocks drainage channels for runoff.

Two types of illegal dumping:

"Midnight dumping"- dumping of litter in abandoned industrial, commercial, or residential buildings, vacant lots, and poorly lit areas.  Typically done to avoid disposal fees.

Industrial Water-disposal of water that has been exposed to industrial activities and then released to the storm drainage system, introducing pollutants into storm water runoff.

 The most successful way to stop illegal dumping is through public education.