An illicit discharge is another way to describe when the act of polluting, either intentionally or unintentionally, results in pollutants entering stormwater drainage systems.
Illicit discharges generally occur when pollutants, like leaked gasoline or litter, are carried away by rain as it flows over hard surfaces (like roads) and into our stormwater drains. However, intentional illicit discharges, such as pouring paint down a storm drain, also pose a threat to our environment.
If you think you see an illicit discharge, let us know! It is better to report than not report if you are unsure. This graphic shows common types of illegal (illicit) and legal (exempt) discharges.
When you see pollutants discharging directly into a river, creek, lake or stream, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Illicit discharges pollute our environment and contaminate our drinking water.
Toxic chemicals spills or septic overflow can harm our ecosystems and pollute drinking water supplies near stormwater drainage system outfalls (where stormwater drains back to the natural environment).
Another problem that can arise from illicit discharges is flooding. For instance, leaf litter or trash can clog a storm drain preventing stormwater from running off the roads or away from our homes, causing hazardous road conditions and flooding.
If you have similar concerns in your neighborhood, call us today for Das Storm Drain Markers and a follow-up. Our office number is 770-305-5410.
Never dump anything into a stormwater drainage system! This graphic shows common pollutant discharges in residential areas as well as ways to prevent them.
If you want to know more about how to prevent these common household pollutants, try clicking the associated images.