ILLICIT DISCHARGE DETECTION & ELIMINATION (IDDE)
What is IDDE?
An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the MS4 system that is not composed entirely of storm water, with the exception of NYSDEC SPDES-permitted flows. These non-stormwater discharges occur due to illegal connections to the storm drain system from business or commercial establishments. As a result of these illicit connections, contaminated wastewater enters into storm drains or directly into local waters before receiving treatment from a wastewater treatment plant. Illicit connections may be intentional or may be unknown to the business owner and often are due to the connection of floor drains to the storm sewer system. Additional sources of illicit discharges can be failing septic systems, illegal dumping practices, and the improper disposal of sewage from recreational practices such as boating or camping.
As of January 2008 all MS4 municipalities were to have a Illicit Discharge to Storm Sewers local Law adopted:
If it has not rained in at least three days and there is water coming from a stormwater outfall pipe, there might be a chance that the water is from an illegal source.
To report a suspected illicit discharge: Please contact the Village Department of Public Works at (914)941-4660.