Environmental, Health and Safety Services

What do I do if I encounter an illicit discharge?

If an illicit discharge of sewer or other pollutants is encountered, notify Virginia Tech -  Environmental, Health and Safety immediately at 540-231-3600, or online at www.ehss.vt.edu/report_issue

To report a known toxic discharge or dumping activity, call the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-231-6411.

Indicators of an illicit discharge include:

  • Unusual color or cloudiness
  • Dead vegetation or inhibited growth
  • Surface scum or foam
  • Dead animals or fish
  • Algae
  • Floating debris
  • Stains on channel bottom or sides
  • Strong, pungent or musty odor
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Oil sheen