Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination What is an Illicit Discharge?
An illicit discharge or illegal discharge is any disposal, emptying, or dumping of any substance other than rainfall into the stormwater drainage system.
An illicit connection or illegal connection is any connection of wastewater, such as from a bathroom or a washing machine, into the stormwater drainage system.
The accidental spill or leak of harmful substance is also considered an illicit discharge.
How This Causes Water Pollution
Rainwater that runs off hard surfaces, such as pavement and rooftops is collected into the stormwater drainage system. This stormwater runoff, flows along the curb and gutter and then drains into a catch basin or drop inlet. After entering the catch basin, stormwater and any pollutants that are picked up are then routed to the nearest stream, creek, or lake. Anything that enters the stormwater drainage system besides rainfall is considered to be an illicit discharge and violates the Illicit Discharge Ordinance that was adopted by the City of High Point.
Water pollution can not only damage the environment and impair wildlife, but it can also restrict the use of recreational activities such as swimming and fishing, and can have significant human health effects. The purpose of the Illicit Discharge Ordinance is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by controlling the pollution in our waterways.
Typical illicit discharges include the following examples:
Gasoline or motor oil spills
Grease, Fats, and Oils
Soapy wash water
Call 336-883-3111 to report illicit discharges to the Stormwater Division of the City of High Point. Staff will investigate the situation and determine whether or not a violation occurred. If a violation has occurred, the City will take further actions to ensure the violation does not happen again. In addition the City will protect your confidentiality.