Report Illicit Discharge

storm drain with material in it
It is illegal to dump anything other than stormwater or to connect any unathorized pipe, ditch or other structure to a storm drainage system. Many storm drains outfall to Tampa Bay or the Intercoastal Waterway, so it is important to prevent anything other an stormwater from washing into drainage openings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act mandate that trash and harmful substances are prohibited from entering the surface waters through drainage sources.
Substances such as detergents, motor oil, and grass clippings may contain pesticides that can harm our water resources. They should never be washed into storm drains. Make sure to place trash in proper receptacles and dispose of yard waste and household chemicals properly.

The city encourages the reporting of illicit discharge or dumping into storm drains.


Step 1.Gather your information

Note the location of the storm drain and illicit discharge. If you can do so safely, take a photo. 

Step 2.Go to Clearwater Connect

Clearwater Connect is the city's issue reporting platform. 

Go to Clearwater Connect


Step 3.Enter the location of the incident

Type in the nearest address to the storm drain or drag and drop the pin on the map where the incident took place.

Step 4.We'll review your request

The city will investigate the incident.

By Phone

Step 1.Report the illicit discharge to Stormwater Engineering

Call us at (727) 562-4950 to report it to the city. 

Step 2.We'll review your request

The Stormwater Engineering Division will inspect the incident.