Wilmington wants water pollution tattlers

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Have you seen someone dumping chemicals or trash into storm sewers? The city of Wilmington wants to hear about it.

As part of an effort to keep Wilmington’s water clean, the city has launched a tipline for residents to report water polluters. “It is important to continually educate the public about the negative impact pollution can have on our environment,” said Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams. “Awareness and action around our water system helps us to care for our communities and ultimately saves resources.”

It is a crime to dispose of things like motor oil, household chemicals, yard waste, and pet waste in storm drains and storm sewers. Anyone who sees such activity is urged to contact the hotline at 302-786-7748. They can also fill out a form online at 302stoppit.org, or email their tip to hotline@stoppit.org.

And yes, there are two “p’s” in the website name. City officials say that double “p” stands for “prevent pollution.”

“If you don’t want to drink it, it doesn’t belong in the storm sewer system,” said DelDOT’s Brian Urbanek. DelDOT and New Castle County have both joined the city’s efforts to reduce water pollution. The city has also added an informational insert into water bills sent to residents that provides tips on keeping the city’s water clean.

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