The City of Sikeston has recently adopted Ordinance #6016, which helps regulate StormWater and illicit discharges. The Environmental Protection Agency defines an illicit discharge as any discharge into the storm water system that is not composed entirely of storm water, with some exceptions. Some exceptions include firefighting activities, irrigation, unchlorinated pool water, and residential car washing.
The purpose of this ordinance is to minimize the discharge of pollutants into our waterways and to help protect the waters of the United States. This ordinance prohibits the intentional release of pollutants into the storm system or local waterways. The City`s StormWater system is not designed to accept or treat non storm water materials such as used motor oil, industrial waste or residential waste water. These types of material will damage the StormWater system and lead to polluted waterways.
The Department of Public Works is responsible for the enforcement of the new ordinance and has been given the authority to pursue violations. Violators can receive fines of up to $500 and may be financially responsible for the cleanup of discharging pollutants. It is the City`s hope to never have to use this ordinance! The new ordinance becomes effective May 16, 2016. If you have any questions or comments, or notice an illicit discharge, you may contact Darren Martin, StormWater Coordinator, at 573- 475-3732.
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