What is an Illicit Discharge?

An illicit discharge is an unlawful act of disposing, dumping, spilling, emitting, or other discharge of any substance other than stormwater into the stormwater drainage system. The stormwater drainage system includes streets, ditches, catch basins, yard inlets, lakes, and streams.

Examples of Illicit Discharge include:

  • Paint being poured into or near the storm drainage system
  • Changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm structure
  • Washing vehicles where the runoff could drain into the storm drainage system
  • Washing dumpster pads and allowing the runoff to drain into the storm drainage system
  • Dumping grass clippings into a stormwater basin or inlet

Illicit discharges cause water pollution by sending pollutants directly into creeks, streams, ponds, and lakes. Be sure you know what illicit discharges are so you can help prevent water pollution and keep our streams clean!

Please help South Hanover Township to prevent water pollution. Call the Township at 717-566-0224 ext.105 to report an illicit discharge or any type of water pollution in our streams or stormwater drainage system.

In case of emergencies, call 911, or report Environmental Emergencies to the PA DEP Emergency Hotline - 1.866.825.0208.