Polluting storm sewers is a crime

Residents caught dumping pollutants into municipal storm sewers can now be fined up to $750. Anyone caught pouring oil, grease, paint, chemicals, trash, fertilizers, or other pollutants into the storm sewer system will be ticketed and severely fined.

The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the municipal storm water system and the environment. Everything that goes into storm drains winds up in our creeks, streams and lakes, which then become polluted. A Village ordinance gives Public Works employees the authority to conduct inspections, surveillance and monitoring procedures, and also to issue tickets carrying heavy penalties.

Public Works has the ability to trace back where pollutants originated. Village officials ask the public’s help in identifying violators. Residents who witness someone pouring pollutants into the sewer system are asked to immediately call the Public Work Department at 335-9600, Ext. 200.