The Department of the Environment (DoE) Inspectors are tasked with conducting inspections of the storm drainage outfall structures throughout the County. These outfalls discharge water runoff from the roadway and surrounding properties into the County’s stream channels. Inspections are performed to identify structural damage on the outfall itself and surrounding stream channels. Inspectors check for possible pollutant sources as well. Inspections are conducted no less than 48 hours after the last rain event. When inspecting the outfalls, inspectors look to see if water is flowing from the pipe. If water is observed, it is tested to determine if there are chemical contaminates in the water from a possible illegal discharge into the storm drain system. If a chemical contaminate is found in the water, inspectors try to locate the source to prevent it from entering our streams.
Should you see any discoloration in the water flowing from an outfall or think the water has toxic chemicals in it, please contact the County’s PGC311 Call Center by dial 3-1-1. If the water pollution problem is an emergency, promptly call 911.