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Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

Report Illicit Discharges 
If you suspect there an illegal discharge into the stormwater system ( Catch Basins, Ditches, Culverts, Creeks, Swales and Streets) Please Call (864) 810-4132 or email

Illicit discharges and connections cause unfiltered water pollution to travel directly into creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes within the Easley jurisdiction.

Regulated municipalities must develop a plan with mechanisms designed to locate and eliminate discharges into storm sewers from sources other than stormwater. This plan must include a complete map of all outfalls and identification of locations and sources of any water entering a system.

An illicit discharge detection form is available to the public to fill out and return it to the City of Easley by mail, fax, or email whenever they suspect, smell, or see an illicit discharge.

Click here for the Illicit Discharge Detection Form (PDF)
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An illicit discharge is an unlawful act of disposing, dumping, spilling, emitting, or other discharge of any substance other than stormwater into the storm drain system (catch basins, yard inlets, lakes, or streams).

Examples of illicit discharges:

  • Paint being poured into or near a storm structure
  • Changing oil or antifreeze over or near a storm structure
  • Discarding yard waste in or near a storm structure

Illicit Connections

An illicit connection is an unlawful connection which allows the discharge of non-stormwater to the storm drain system or lakes and streams

Examples of possible Illicit Connections:

  • Floor drains going into the storm drain system
  • Pipe from washing machine tying into storm drain structure
  • Sewer service pipe tying into storm structure

What is considered "waters of the state?"

Any surface water within or flowing through the boundaries of the state.

Examples of waters of the state:

  • Lakes and ponds
  • Swamps and wetlands
  • Creeks, streams, and rivers

The City may issue warnings or fines depending on the severity of the violation.

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