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Facilities Design & Operations

Utilities Department

Report Illegal Dumping

Lake and Dome

If you observe illegal dumping or if you see anyone pouring something into a storm drain inlet, please call the Notre Dame Utilities Department at 631-6594 or e-mail the department at

Illegal dumping is the disposal of waste in an area where it is not permitted. Another form of illegal dumping involves putting debris or pouring anything other than storm water runoff into a storm sewer inlet.

Debris or waste dumped down a storm sewer inlet can cause water pollution. At the University, storm sewers empty directly into St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s lakes, which then discharge to the St. Joseph River. Material dumped into a storm drain will end up in a water body without any sort of water quality treatment.

When you call or e-mail to report illegal dumping, it is helpful to have the following information:

  • Location of the dumping
  • Time the incident was observed
  • Description of what was being dumped
  • Vehicle description if a vehicle was involved
  • License plate information