Reporting Illicit Discharges

Stormwater Ordinance

Stormwater is the water from rain, melting snow or ice which flows over the ground or pavement without soaking into the ground. The storm sewer system includes the roadside ditches, gutters, catch basins and underground pipes that collect stormwater and carry it away from our streets, parking lots and yards. Stormwater is not filtered and treated like sanitary sewage before it is released to natural waterways.

Chesterfield County's stormwater ordinance prohibits discharging anything that is not composed entirely of stormwater into the storm sewer system. Connecting any structure or device that carries any liquid other than stormwater to the storm sewer is also prohibited. Examples of illicit connections include hoses and pipes from sanitary sewers, washing machines, showers and sinks.

Allowed Discharges

  • Air conditioning condensation
  • Dechlorinated pool water
  • Residential car washing
  • Uncontaminated groundwater
  • Water line flushing
  • Watering lawns and landscapes

Illicit Discharges

  • Automotive fluids
  • Herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers
  • Paints, solvents and household chemicals
  • Pet waste
  • Sewage
  • Yard waste, grass clippings and leaves

Illicit Discharge Hotline

To report spills or illicit discharges call, the 24-hour hotline at 804-717-6161. Report the location and provide as much information as possible so we can investigate your concern, including your contact information. This information will be confidential. Learn more by watching our video about illicit discharges.