(A)   Prohibition of illicit discharge.  No person shall discharge, or cause to be discharged, an illicit discharge into the MS4.  The commencement, conduct, or continuance of any illicit discharge to the MS4 is prohibited except as described below:
      (1)   Water line flushing; landscape irrigation; diverted stream flows; rising ground water; uncontaminated ground water infiltration; uncontaminated pumped ground water; discharges from potable water sources; foundation drains; air conditioning condensate; irrigation water; springs; water from crawl space pumps; footing drains; lawn watering; individual residential car washing; small charity washes; flows from riparian habitats and wetlands; dechlorinated swimming pool discharges; street wash water, and discharges or flows from firefighting activities.  These discharges are exempt until such time as they are determined by the city to be significant contributors of pollutants to the MS4.  Additional, other water sources not containing pollutants may be considered at the discretion of the City Engineer.
      (2)   Discharges specified in writing by the city as being necessary to protect public health and safety.
      (3)   Discharges from off-lot household sewage treatment systems permitted by the Medina County general health district for the purpose of discharging treated sewage effluent unless such discharges are deemed to be creating a public health nuisance by the Medina County general health district.  In compliance with the city storm water management program, discharges from all off-lot household sewage treatment systems must either be eliminated or have coverage under an appropriate NPDES permit issued and approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
   (B)   Prohibition of illegal connections.  The construction, use, maintenance, or continued existence of illegal connections to the MS4 is prohibited.
      (1)   A person is considered to be in violation of §§ 53.25 through 53.34 if the person connects a line conveying illicit discharges to the MS4 or allows such a connection to continue.
      (2)   This prohibition expressly includes, without limitation, connections made in the past, regardless of whether the connection was permissible under law or practices applicable or prevailing at the time of connection.
(Ord. 17-007, passed 3-7-17)