Storm Water Pollution

The City of Springfield has an illicit discharge ordinance that was passed in 2011 prohibiting the discharge of illegal substances into storm drains or other storm water collection systems within the city. When waste is placed in a catch basin, street or a waterway, it is the same as dumping it right into our creeks, streams and lakes as that is where the city's storm sewers discharge. Even yard clipping and leaves can lead to the loss of water habitat and kill fish. 
Violating the city's storm water ordinance could potentially carry a penalty of $500 - $5,000 for the first offense per day per violation found. Help keep waterways clean by reporting violations by calling, sending an email or complete an online form. You may remain anonymous. 
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Contact Us

  1. Public Works Department
    2809 Clinard Drive
    Springfield, TN 37172
    Phone: 615-384-2746
    Fax: 615-382-2205

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Allan S. Ellis, PE
    Director of Public Works
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Examples of illicit discharges or illegal dumping include

  • Antifreeze
  • Chemicals
  • Chlorinated swimming pool discharge
  • Commercial, industrial or public wash discharge
  • Concrete washout
  • Cooking grease
  • Fertilizers & Pesticides
  • Home or construction waste
  • Motor oil
  • Paint
  • Pet waste
  • Transmission fluid
  • Yard waste (leaves, grass, mulch)
How You Can Help Make A Difference
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors, and properly dispose of excess paints through a hazardous waste collection program.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Compost your yard waste. Click here to learn how.
  • Create a rain garden which is a specially designed garden with a man-made depression that collects and infiltrates storm water runoff.
  • Install a rain barrel or cistern to capture roof run off.
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle materials whenever possible. By following the Three R's, you will be creating less waste that could end up on our streets and contribute to further storm water pollution.
  • Repair automotive leaks and dispose of batteries, household and automotive waste at designated collection or recycling locations.
  • Report illicit activity by calling the Public Works Department at (615) 384-2746 or by email.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
  • Wash your car on the lawn or gravel which filters the dirt and soap out of the water.