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Posted on: June 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] What is an Illicit Discharge?

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Watch the video at the link below to learn how to identify an illicit discharge to the stormwater system.  

As a Cookeville resident you can help us to identify problems with illicit discharges.  Only rain water should enter storm drains.  The following constitutes violations of our NPDES permit and City Ordinances regarding discharges to our storm sewer system.

  • Oil, grease, antifreeze and other hazardous fluids
  • Cooking oils and grease from local restaurants and food trucks
  • Spills from vehicle accidents
  • Household and industrial cleaning products, solvents, paint and other chemicals
  • Dirt and debris from construction sites
  • Yard waste
  • Wash water from laundries and vehicle washing operations
  • Animal wastes from kennels and other pet care facilities
  • Sewer and Septic tank discharges

If you see a potential illicit discharge, you should contact the Public Works Hotline at 931-520-5201.

Illicit Discharge Video
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