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Illicit Discharges

Illicit discharges cause water pollution by sending pollutants right 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!

Report Illicit Discharges

Prevent water pollution. To report any clogged, damaged, or contaminated storm water inlets, notify the City of Akron Sewer Maintenance Division by calling the 24 hour dispatcher line at 330-375-2666.

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.

Below are some examples of illicit discharges:

  • Paint being poured into or near the storm drainage system
  • Washing vehicles where the runoff could drain into the storm drainage system
  • Changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm structure
  • Washing parking areas or dumpster pads and allowing the runoff to drain into the storm drainage system

Is yard waste considered an illicit discharge?

Large amounts of yard waste can actually become harmful to our streams and creeks. Dumping yard waste into the storm drainage system can be considered a violation of Akron's Illicit Discharge Ordinance. However, if residents are collecting leaves together along their curb line for the seasonal leaf collection program, this is an exception. Other than the seasonal leaf collection program (which is only for residential neighborhoods), residents can have their yard waste collected in paper bags or clear plastic bags on their regular garbage and recycling collection day.

Is water from swimming pools considered an illicit discharge?

Backwash and discharges from swimming pools are listed as exceptions from the Illicit Discharge Ordinance, provided the water does not have a harmful impact on the environment. If the swimming pool water has chlorine in it (e.g. if it was recently "shocked" before draining), then that water can be extremely harmful to aquatic life in Akron's streams and this will be considered an illicit discharge. Violators discharging chlorinated pool water that has a harmful affect on the environment will be held responsible for their actions.

Inlet Marking

Beginning in 2008, the City of Akron began purchasing inlet castings and grates with the language “Dump No Waste, Drains to Waterways”. This message has been used on all new inlet castings and grates to help educate the public to not deposit litter, pet waste, used oil or cause excess lawn chemicals to run off into storm drains.

Help Keep Our Streams Clean!

Storm Water Program

Storm Water Program

The City of Akron's Storm Water Program is managed out of the

Sewer Maintenance Facility
2460 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 375-2776 f (330) 375-2399

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