If you see a stormwater problem or illegal dumping, please contact your municipal stormwater manager.
For immediate assistance with illegal dumping call the RIDEM Office of Compliance and Inspection at (401) 222-1360.
What is an Illegal Discharge?
Only rain belongs in storm drains. Under state and local laws, illegal discharges include:
- Used motor oil
- Used cooking oil and grease
- Soapy wash water
- Dirty rinse water
- Pet waste (including poop bags!)
- Food waste and wrapping
- Cigarette butts
- Muddy water from disturbed areas and construction sites
- Concrete mixing rinse water
- Leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste
What’s the Problem?
Storm drains rush polluted water directly to the nearest stream or pond without any treatment. So all this polluted water winds up in the water we drink, fish, and swim. In addition, catch basins clogged with debris and yard waste cause roadway flooding, creating a public safety hazard. And when filled with trash, storm drains can become a breeding ground for rats and roaches, creating unhealthy conditions in residential neighborhoods.