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Examples Of Illicit Discharges

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What Is An Illicit Discharge

An illicit discharge is any discharge to the stormwater system that is not composed entirely of stormwater.

Why is an Illicit Discharge bad for water quality?

Non-stormwater discharges into our storm drain system enter directly into streams and rivers.

Storm drains do not lead to wastewater treatment facilities. They lead directly to the nearest stream or water body.


Am I causing stormwater pollution at home?

Many seemingly harmless household activities, such as dumping yard waste, draining swimming pools or household waste water from washing machines, dishwashers and water softening devices into ditches, storm drains and sidewalk grates are also classified as illicit discharges. These activities can and do cause severe problems in our waterways.

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Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5540
Fax: 865-215-5831

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