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Why Protecting Stormwater from Illicit Discharges is Important
Stormwater flows to waterways without any additional treatment. Illicit discharges can contribute high levels of pollutants to water bodies. Pollutants commonly found in illicit discharges include raw sewage (viruses and bacteria), heavy metals, toxics, oil and grease, solvents, and nutrients. Pollutant levels from these illicit discharges have been shown in EPA studies to be high enough to significantly degrade water quality, close beaches, and threaten aquatic, wildlife, and human health.
Difference Between Stormwater Discharge and an Illicit Discharge
Dry weather flow is the best indication that water coming from an outfall pipe is from an illicit connection. If it has not rained in at least three days and there is water coming from a stormwater pipe, chances are that water is from an illegal source. Although it is a good indication, dry weather flow is not always from an illicit source. Sometimes groundwater seeps into the stormwater conveyance system and is discharged through the outfall pipe. This is a natural source and not illicit.
The best way to tell if the dry weather flow is an illicit discharge, and should be reported, is by examining the characteristics of the water being discharged.
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