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Illicit Discharges
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To protect the quality of our streams and public health, report illicit discharges. Because the storm drains are separate from the sanitary sewer system, polluted waters flow directly into local creeks and pollute those waterways. Anything entering the storm sewer system that is not 100% storm water is an illicit discharge and is expressly prohibited from entering the system by the City of Allen.

24-Hour Reporting Hotline
  • 214.509.4512

To report illegal trash and debris dumping, please visit the Code Compliance page.

Common Illicit Discharge Violations
  • Chlorinated backwash and draining associated with swimming pools
  • Commercial car wash
  • Contaminated foundation drains
  • Cooling water unless no chemicals added or has TPDES permit
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, lawn/landscape waste
  • Household toxins
  • Industrial discharges
  • Oil, anti-freeze, paint, cleaning fluids
  • Sanitary sewer discharges 
  • Septic tank discharges
  • Wash waters from commercial/industrial activities
  • Washing machine discharges

What You Can Do To Help
Law enforcement officials need your help in fighting environmental crime. Citizens can take an active role in stopping illicit discharges by following the suggestions listed below:
  • Always dispose of your own chemicals properly
  • Organize volunteer cleanups of waterway areas
  • Spread the word to friends and neighbors that an illicit discharge is a crime
  • Verify your contractors and/or vehicles are not causing chemicals to enter storm drains

Reporting Illicit Discharges
When reporting Illicit Discharges, include the following information:
  • Date and time of the violation
  • Description of what is being discharged into the storm system
  • License plate number and description of the offending vehicle (if applicable)
  • Personal description of the violator
  • Specific street location within the city 
  • Your name and telephone number (helpful to investigate and prosecute and you can remain anonymous)

Storm Drainage Pond