Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

An illicit discharge is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as, "Any discharge into a separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water." Typically, illicit discharges enter a storm sewer system either through direct, illegal connections, or indirectly from failed sanitary sewer conveyance systems, spills collected by storm drains, or from contaminants dumped directly into a storm drain inlet.


If you witness an illicit discharge, or have cause for concern, please contact the Ohio EPA's Spill Hotline at: 1-800-282-9378



Wood County's Illicit Discharge Regulation

Wood County now has a county-wide illicit discharge regulation. 

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination



What You Can Do

While the Wood County Engineer's Office and the co-permittee townships do their best to identify illicit discharges, we can always use an extra set of eyes in detecting illicit discharge. If you witness a suspected illicit discharge, or if you see something other than storm water entering, or exiting a storm sewer, please call the Wood County Storm Water Coordinator at: (419) 354-9078, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Home Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS / Septic Systems)

With our Home Sewage Treatment System application you can search and view the HSTS that are extant throughout Wood County. This application is intended for reference use only.

The Home Sewage Treatment System application utilizes ArcGIS Online which works best with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 or greater (there is limited support with Internet Explorer 8), and the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.