With few exceptions, it is illegal to discharge anything other than pure storm water to the village’s drainage system (streets, pipes, inlets, storm laterals, and ditches) or to streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes. Basically everything added to storm water is a pollutant that may be discharged, accidentally or on purpose, directly to pipes or indirectly by flowing off of the land surface with rain, snow, or ice melt.
Obvious pollutant examples include:
Less obvious items include:
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Some real life examples are:
Dumping From Oil Changes
Dumping Pet Waste in Inlets
Used Water from Steam Cleaning Carpets
Yard Trimmings and Leaves in the Street
When all of these extra chemicals and pollutants are introduced into the storm water system, they can cause weed or invasive species growth and kill aquatic animals. Things to look for might include oil slicks, strange colored water, bad smells, and foreign objects in the water. Call the Public Works Department at (920) 434-4060 if you suspect illicit discharge.
Illicit connections are undocumented connections to the Village of Howard’s storm water system. These include service connections that come off of either industrial or residential property or even pipes that outlet into ditches that have not been approved or designed or documented by the village.
Help Keep Our Village Clean
Keep an eye out for suspicious activity, keeping our village clean starts with you! Report spills and illicit discharges to the Public Works Department at 920-434-4060.