The third MCM is a program to enforce detection and elimination of all illicit discharges and connections to the stormwater system. As part of the requirement of MCM 3, the town has inventoried all stormwater drainage features within Apex corporate limits.
Federal regulations define an illicit discharge as "any discharge to a Municipally Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) that is not composed entirely of stormwater.
Illicit discharges result in untreated flows to the stormwater system that contribute high levels of pollutants to receiving bodies of water, including:
Pollutant levels from these illicit discharges can significantly degrade receiving water quality and threaten aquatic, wildlife, and human health.
The stormwater system is often confused with the sanitary sewer system. In Apex, these are 2 distinctly separate systems.
In 2008, the Town of Apex adopted an ordinance to establish an Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) program including a provision for assessing civil penalties on violators. Town staff investigate illicit connections and improper disposals to the stormwater system. Examples include:
Only rain belongs in the storm drain. Email James Misciagno or call at 919-372-7470 to report illicit discharge violators. Many environmental problems can be resolved as a result of these investigations. You can make a difference by calling.
Please have the following information ready when you call:
Check out the town’s IDDE brochure (PDF) for more information. Thank you for helping to keep the surface waters of Apex clean!