About Example Exceptions Penalties What to Report
Illicit discharge - Illegally throwing away or dumping litter into the stormwater system. The system includes streets, ditches, storm drains and pipes, lakes, streams, and rivers.
- Pouring paint into or near a storm drain;
- Changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm drain;
- Washing your car or dumpster pads in an area where stormwater could flow into a storm drain;
- Illegally connecting from the sanitary sewer system to the stormwater system; and,
- Putting a lot of trash or debris in a creek.
- Condensation from air conditioners;
- Water from a hydrant used by firefighters;
- Pool water (if the water was not chlorinated before draining);
- Charity and residential car washes; and,
- Groundwater from a sump pump.
|One-time||$5,000 a day until the issue is resolved|
|More than once||$25,000 a day|
Money collected from an illegal discharge goes to the Wake County Public School System.
What to Report
When you see water pollution or someone dumping litter - collect this information:
- Time (It's best to let us know immediately);
- Location - address, intersection, business name, or landmark;
- What was dumped; and,
- Who was involved.
See water pollution? Email or call us at 919-996-3940.