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Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

COURSE NO: C05-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents EPA's BMP for identifying and eliminating non-stormwater discharges to storm sewers to improve runoff stormwater quality.


Non-storm water discharges are typically the result of unauthorized connections of sanitary or process wastewater drains to storm sewers. These connections are common, yet often go undetected. Non-storm water discharges can include discharges of process water, air conditioner condensate, non-contact cooling water, vehicle wash water, or sanitary waste.


EPA recognizes that these discharges are significant sources of pollutants, and unless regulated by an NPDES permit, they are also illegal. Therefore the EPA published the Storm Water Phase II Rule on December 8, 1999, that describes a menu of Best Management Practices (BMP). “Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination” is one of the Best Management Practices that requires operators of small MS4s in urbanized areas to identify and eliminate non-storm water discharges to storm sewers in order to improve runoff water quality.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to municipality owners and/or operators, construction contractors/workers, site developers, engineers, managers, and all other personnel involved in the detection and elimination of illicit discharges.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Types and methods of illicit discharges
  • Applicability
  • Siting and design criteria
  • Maintenance and cost considerations
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review EPA’s Best Management Practice relating to “Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination”. This BMP addresses the following:
  • Failing Septic Systems
  • Industrial/Business Connections
  • Recreational Sewage
  • Sanitary Sewer Overflows
  • Identifying Illicit Connections
  • Wastewater Connections to the Storm Drain System
  • Illegal Dumping
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (1.7 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) question ns to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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