Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)
Did you know that Fuquay-Varina is an MS4?
That means the town is a public entity that discharges, collects, or conveys stormwater via drains, pipes, and ditches.
Why is preventing illicit discharges important?
Stormwater is what flows over sidewalks, streets, and parking lots collecting excess nutrients and pollutants with no opportunity for soil and plants, or water treatment to filter out pollutants before entering into a water body.
Stormwater runoff is often worsened by human activities. Anything on the ground such as sediment, pet waste, pesticides, fertilizers, automobile fluids, yard wastes, and litter flows over HARD SURFACES directly into storm drains. This type of pollution is different from the water that goes down a sink or toilet in your home, because it is untreated and flows directly to a lake, river, or the ocean. By carrying all these different kinds of pollution into our waterways, stormwater runoff itself becomes a pollutant.
Drinking water and our recreational waters are impacted by stormwater pollution. Hazardous materials in stormwater like pesticides, fertilizers, and used oil can kill aquatic life. Sediment loss from construction sites can too. Stormwater carries disease-causing bacteria and viruses from stormwater pollution such as dog poo and litter. Stormwater can even carry grass clippings and leaves from yard work which help bacteria grow in our water bodies. And, swimming in polluted waters can make YOU sick. So, stormwater pollution hurts aquatic life, impacts the healthy conditions in water recreation, and it increases the cost of water treatment for your drinking water.
What does the Town do to help prevent illicit discharges?
What can the citizens of Fuquay-Varina do to help prevent illicit discharges?
Clean water begins with you and me. At home, dispose of your household chemicals safely or use non-hazardous products. When caring for your yard – use fertilizer responsibly and mulch it or bag it! Keep your vehicles serviced and use oil pans while waiting for repair. The EPA classifies pet waste as a dangerous pollutant – like oil. Scoop the poop! If you are a business, properly manage and dispose of grease. And, of course, don’t litter!