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Illicit Discharge & Elimination (IDDE):

Image of waterWhat is Illicit Discharge?
The EPA defines as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water, except for discharges allowed under a NPDES permit or waters used for firefighting operations.

Illicit Discharge Ordinance:

Barrow County adopted an Illicit Discharge Ordinance in 2005 to protect local water quality and comply with the County's MS4 permit issued by the GA EPD and EPA's Clean Water Act.

The illustration below provides several helpful hints:

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Click on the link below and watch a video from the Center of Watershed Protection on IDDE and its importance.

Explanation and Importance of IDDE

Examples of Illicit Discharge:

  • Improper disposal of auto and household toxics, such as motor oil and pesticides
  • Foam, bubbles, or milky appearance in a ditch or waterway
  • Septic Tank Waste
  • Sediment from land disturbance activities (landscaping, tree removal, gardening)
  • Unusual pipe or wastewater that has been piped to a creek or ditch

Prevent Illicit Discharges into our Storm System

By preventing illicit discharges, the County's waterways will become much cleaner over time. There are many ways that you, as citizens and/or business owners of Barrow County, can contribute to the prevention of illicit discharge into our local waterways.

A few tips for prevention include:

  • When applying pesticides or fertilizers to your lawns, be mindful not to over-apply
  • Properly dispose of motor oil and household toxics
  • When discharging chlorinated pool water, hold the water until chlorine and temperature levels are acceptable to spread over a permeable surface before entering a storm drainage system
  • Have your septic system inspected every three years for maintenance needs

Click on the link below for online training course on Illicit Discharge

Illicit Discharge Brochure

Illicit Discharge Brochure

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You can help the water quality of Barrow County by reporting Illicit Discharge to the Storm Water Department at 770-307-3070 or Email mtreeter@barrowga.org

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