Sec. 16.2-71. Discharges to the city’s storm sewer system.
(a) It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article to:
(1) Connect, cause, or allow to be connected, any sanitary sewer to the separate storm sewer system;
(2) Discharge the following in any amount to the city’s storm sewer system, to any private stormwater conveyance system, or to any stormwater management system whether intended for water quality or water quantity control, unless the system conveys the fluids to an appropriate water treatment facility or the discharge is permitted by a Virginia pollution discharge elimination system [VPDES] permit or by a national pollution discharge elimination system [NPDES] permit:
(iv) Oil or oil waste;
(vi) Other automotive, motor or equipment fluids;
(vii) Paints and/or organic solvents;
(xi) Toxic materials;
(xii) Waste disposal site leachate;
(xiii) Radioactive materials;
(xv) Organic matter;
(xvi) Any fluid at a temperature greater than 65° celsius;
(xvii) Any fluid having a pH less than 5.0 or greater than 9.0;
(xviii) Any fluid containing more than fifteen (15) milligrams per liter of total suspended solids;
(xix) Any fluid containing dyes or coloring material which discolor the water no more than fifty (50) American dye manufacturers institute [ADMI] units;
(xx) Any fluid containing material which causes a visible film, sheen or discoloration on the water surface;
(xxi) Any substance which may cause or do any injury to, interfere with the proper operation of, obstruct the flow into or through, or pollute a stormwater management facility;
(xxii) Any commercial, industrial, or manufacturing process water, wash water, or unpermitted discharge;
(xxiii) Boiler blowdown;
(xxiv) Any substance of non-stormwater origin unless specifically exempted from this article;
(xxv) Matter of any type which may:
a. Result in a hazard to any person, animal, property, or vegetation; or,
b. Impair the quality of the water in any well, lake, river, pond, spring, stream, reservoir or other water or watercourse.
(b) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, the following activities shall be allowed:
(1) Potable water line flushing;
(2) Lawn watering;
(3) Landscape irrigation;
(4) Diverting stream flows or uncontaminated groundwater flows;
(5) Water from public safety activities, including, but not limited to, law enforcement and fire suppression;
(6) Pumping or drainage of uncontaminated groundwater from potable water sources, foundation drains, basements, springs, or water from crawl spaces, or footing drains;
(7) Non-commercial car washing;
(8) Swimming pool discharges with less than one (1) parts per million [PPM] chlorine;
(9) Street washing;
(10) Any activity authorized by a valid national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit, waiver, or discharge order; a Virginia pollutant discharge elimination system (VPDES) permit, waiver, or discharge order; or a Virginia pollution abatement (VPA) permit;
(11) Any activity by a governmental entity or its employees and agents in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and standards for the maintenance or repair of drinking water reservoirs or water treatment or distribution systems;
(12) Any activity by a governmental entity or its employees and agents in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and standards, for the maintenance of any component of its stormwater management system.
(13) Discharges specified in writing by the program administrator and/or his or her designee as being necessary to protect public health and safety.
(14) Dye testing, following notification to the program administrator.
(15) Residential yard maintenance, including seasonal leaf pick-up and brush removal.
(c) If any of the activities listed in subsection (b), above, of this section are found to be sources of pollutants to public waters, the program administrator shall so notify the person performing such activities and shall order that such activities be stopped or performed in such a manner as to avoid discharge of pollutants into such waters. The failure to comply with any such order shall be unlawful and a violation of this article. (Ord. No. O-07-032, 3-13-07; Ord. No. O-14-070, 6-10-14)