Why is the City conducting Inspections?
The City of Round Rock adopted an Illicit Discharge Ordinance 10.1100 on March 11, 2010 in order to comply with the City’s Storm Water Quality (MS4) permit issued by TCEQ and the EPA’s Clean Water Act. Inspections are a required by the permit to prevent pollution from entering the City’s storm drain system and water ways. The ordinance grants the City the authority to conduct these inspections.
What is an illicit discharge?
An illicit discharge is any discharge that is not composed entirely of storm water with a few specific exceptions listed in the ordinance. Common examples of violations include: trash overflowing from dumpsters; leaking or uncovered containers outside; and contaminated wash water outdoors.
What is storm water?
Storm water is typically rain that flows over driveways, parking lots, roofs and roads. Storm water has the ability to pick up chemicals, pollutants and trash which are then carried to a storm drain system where it flows untreated into Round Rock creeks.
How was my business selected?
Businesses are selected based on several factors including: categories of businesses having the potential to cause pollution; proximity to area waterways; and citizen complaints.
What happens after an inspection?
The manager on duty or owner will receive a copy of the inspection form, educational materials and the inspector’s contact information. If no areas of concern are noted, no further action will be required. If you receive a warning, a follow-up inspection may occur within two weeks to see that the areas of concern have been addressed. The goal of these inspections is to prevent violations through education. Almost all violations can be prevented through good housekeeping measures. For more information please contact stormwater staff or call 218-7046.
Failure to remedy an illicit discharge following notice can result in remediation costs and fines of $500 to $2000 per day.