An illicit discharge is defined as any release into the drainage system (MS4) of contaminated water, or any non-stormwater discharge that contributes pollutants to receiving waters.
Public Works conducts inspections of stormwater outfalls throughout the city as part of ongoing compliance with our Phase II permit. A city by-law (Article V, Section 26 (PDF)) provides enforcement and fining procedures for illicit discharges found within the city's MS4. Any discharge deemed a threat to public safety, public health, or the environment is in violation of this by-law and thus subject to a removal order and/or fines by the Conservation Commission, Board of Health, or Inspectional Services.
For more information regarding the Phase II Stormwater Management Program, email stormwater management or call 508-532-6010.