Illicit Discharge

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Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

Only Rain Down Storm DrainIn accordance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, the City of St. Augustine has regulations in place that prohibit illicit discharges into any natural outlet or stormwater system within the City. 


Prohibited Discharges:

  • Petroleum products, including oil, grease and gasoline
  • Lawn clippings, leaves, branches, etc.
  • Solid waste
  • Pet waste
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Wash Waters
  • Pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers
  • Soaps
  • Degreasers, solvents
  • Sanitary sewage
  • Chemically treated cooling water
  • Antifreeze and other automotive products
  • Animal carcasses
  • Recreational vehicle waste
  • Dyes
  • Construction materials
  • Laundry waste
  • Steam cleaning waste
  • Any liquids in quantity or quality that are capable of causing a violation of the City’s NPDES stormwater permit
  • Solids in such quantities of such size capable of causing interference or obstruction to the flow of the City’s storm sewer system

Authorized exemptions: Water main flushing, flushing of reclaimed water lines, street cleaning, construction dust control, landscape irrigation, diverted stream flows, rising ground water, foundation and footing drains, dechlorinated swimming pool discharges, uncontaminated ground water infiltration, uncontaminated pumping ground water, discharges from potable water sources, air conditioning condensate, irrigation water, springs, lawn watering, individual residential car washing, flows from riparian habitat and wetlands, discharges or flows from emergency firefighting activities and emergency response activities.

The City’s complete Illicit Discharge and Connection regulation, can be viewed here

Report illegal dumping
Email or call the Public Works Department at 904-825-1040.  Be prepared to give the date of the event, location and a description of the alleged illicit discharge.