New Castle County Partners with City and State to Launch
(302) STOPPIT Water Pollution Hotline
The Double P means “Prevent Pollution”
(New Castle, Delaware) New Castle County, the City of Wilmington, and the Delaware Department of Transportation announced today that they have launched the (302) STOPPIT water pollution hotline for residents to report pollution going into or coming out of the storm sewer system.
When residents see evidence that someone has dumped chemicals or debris into the storm sewer system, here’s what they can do:
- Visit www.302STOPPIT.org and fill out an online form
- Call or send a text message to (302) STOPPIT (302.786.7748) with the location and details
- Email hotline@302STOPPIT.org with the location and details
The storm drains that line streets and parking lots connect to the storm sewer system and eventually reach local streams and rivers. For this reason, it is illegal for anyone to dispose of motor oil, household chemicals, yard waste, pet waste, or any other materials in storm drains and storm sewers. The partners will investigate all tips from residents and take appropriate action, which may include containment, cleanup, and issuing citations.
“If you don’t want to drink it, it doesn’t belong in the storm sewer system,” said Brian Urbanek with the Delaware Department of Transportation. “So report it when you see it at 302STOPPIT.’”
“The 302STOPPIT hotline makes it possible for all residents to make a difference right in their own neighborhood.” said Mike Harris with the New Castle County Department of Special Services. “The double p stands for ‘prevent pollution.’”
“Dumping chemicals or debris into the storm drain is a crime,” said Herb White with the City of Wilmington Public Works Department. “Help us fight crime in your neighborhood by placing a simple phone call.”
Dirty stormwater runoff from streets and parking lots is one of the leading causes of pollution in local creeks and the Christiana and Delaware Rivers. The (302) STOPPIT hotline is one of many projects that New Castle County and the City of Wilmington are investing in to control this problem.
About the Partners
The Delaware Department of Transportation strives to make every trip taken in Delaware safe, reliable and convenient for people and commerce. DelDOT is responsible for state roads and the storm drains along these roads in New Castle County and the City of Wilmington.
The New Castle County Department of Special Services is responsible for administration, engineering, environmental services, and internal services for New Castle County.
The City of Wilmington Department of Public Works provides a variety of services which touch the daily lives of all city residents and a substantial portion of New Castle County residents.
Click the following Link to report stormwater pollution: http://www.302stoppit.org/
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