Storm Sewer Usage


To prohibit unauthorized discharges to University storm sewers.


This policy applies to all Urbana-Champaign campus units.


This policy aligns with the regulations and requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, and is implemented under the authority of the Office of the Chancellor.


University students, staff, and faculty shall not use a storm sewer inlet to dispose of any waste or unauthorized substances or materials. Illinois water pollution control regulations prohibit discharges to storm sewers, and discharges to campus storm sewers are therefore restricted.


The following are allowed to go into campus storm sewers:

  1. Stormwater from the land, parking lots, and streets.
  2. Roof drainage.
  3. Groundwater from subfloor and footing drains.

Violation of this policy may result in an enforcement action by regulatory authorities and/or disciplinary action by University officials.


Authorized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit holders.


Contact the Division of Safety and Compliance, Environmental Compliance Department, (217) 265-9828 with questions or concerns.