Residents Asked to Report Illegal Discharges
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Clean waterways are essential to Richland County's economic and ecologic vitality. Residents are reminded to report sightings of stormwater pollution or illicit discharges by calling the Richland County Ombudsman's Office at 803-929-6000.
Illicit discharge is any instance in which non-stormwater washes into a stormwater inlet such as a large pipe, ditch or storm drain. Because these structures lead directly to natural waterways without being treated, only rain should drain into them. Examples of illicit discharges include erosion, sewage, soaps from laundry facilities and car washes, and oils and grease from garages or restaurants. These chemicals pollute the community’s rivers and streams and can cause health hazards to humans and animals.