What is Illicit Storm Water Runoff?
Illicit storm water runoff is the release of non-storm water to the storm water drainage system. Examples include:
  • Fertilizers
  • Improperly disposed oil or gasoline
  • Industrial waste
  • Untreated sewage

These may get discharged into a storm water drainage system that then drains to a stream, river, or lake resulting in high levels of pollutants such as:
  • Bacteria
  • Grease
  • Heavy metals
  • Oils
  • Solvents

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1. How and where should I report a sewer backup?
2. What causes a sewer backup?
3. How could a sewer backup affect me?
4. What should I do if sewage backs up into my home?
5. If I call the city (715-262-5544), what will they do about a sewer backup onto my property?
6. Will insurance cover any damage to my home or property?
7. What is Illicit Storm Water Runoff?