Illicit Dumping into Stormdrains

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Help us Protect our Rivers and Streams by Reporting Illicit Dumping into Storm Drains

Crab2The storm sewers and ditches in the City of Williamsburg drain directly to our creeks and waterways and do not go to a wastewater plant for treatment.  Therefore, it is important to prevent the introduction of materials into these drains which could cause problems in the receiving streams.  It is a violation of City Ordinance and State Law to put anything other than stormwater into the storm drain system except for:

  • Water line flushing; 
  • Landscape irrigation; 
  • Diverting stream flows or rising groundwater; 
  • Public safety activities, including, but not limited to, law enforcement and fire suppression; 
  • Pumping of uncontaminated groundwater from potable water sources, foundation drains, irrigation waters, springs, or water from crawl spaces or footing drains; 
  • Lawn watering and maintenance with lawn chemicals in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations; 
  • Individual car washing on residential properties; 
  • Street washing; 
  • Uncontaminated condensate water; 
  • Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges;

 Examples of Prohibited Discharges to Storm Drains and Streams:

  • automotive fluids including oil, brake fluid, and antifreeze
  • waste oils and grease
  • commercial cleaning solvents such as carpet cleaning, powerwashing, etc.
  • paints and associated products, like thinners, chemicals, etc.
  • car washing solutions (except as noted above)
  • solids of any kind including leaves and yard debris

Report Illicit Dumping

If you have witnessed illicit dumping into a stormdrain to the City sewers or streams please report it.

Report by email:  publicworks@williamsburgva.gov
Report by phone:  you may do so between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday at (757)220-6140.
For after-hours:  call the Police at (757) 890-3621

For more information: Illicit Discharge and You Powerpoint  

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