Illicit Connections
An illicit connection is the discharge of pollutants or non-storm water materials into a storm sewer system via a pipe or other direct connection. Sources of illicit connections may include sanitary sewer taps, wash water from laundromats or car washes, and other similar sources.

Illicit Discharges
An illicit discharge (PDF) is the discharge of pollutants or non-storm water materials to storm sewer systems via overland flow or direct dumping of materials into a catch basin. Some examples of illicit discharges include the overland drainage from a car wash or dumping used motor oil in or around a catch basin.

Sump Pump Inspections
The Township is conducting sump pump inspections to verify correct connections. Some property owners are improperly handling rainwater and groundwater by allowing it to empty into the sanitary sewer system.

Water from footing drains, eaves troughs and sump pumps should never be emptied into the sanitary sewer system. This situation causes the sanitary sewer systems to overload which results in the extra cost of sewer plant expansions, sewer main over-sizing, lift station building and over-sizing, unnecessary flooding damage, and sewer plant treatment of rain and ground waters. Resulting costs of these occurrences and remedies are subsequently passed on to the property owners.

Inspections are necessary even if you do not have a sump pump.

Inspections are being completed in intervals, and all property owners are notified by letter prior to inspections being conducted in their neighborhood.