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Update from the City of West Sacramento on the Coronavirus

  • The City of West Sacramento proclaimed a local state of emergency on March 16, 2020 to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health threat.  This proclamation allows the City to streamline the process of obtaining resources in the form of funding, mutual aid, and operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • City Hall, the Recreation Center, Community Center and related programs are now closed to the public through at least Monday, April 13, 2020.  Non-essential City staff in those buildings will be telecommuting or on leave during this time. 
  • The City’s core public services will not be affected and will continue, including police and fire services, operations and maintenance of critical infrastructure (sewer and water), garbage and recycling services, limited parks maintenance, and management of the City’s emergency operations center.
  • Please note: all programs related to Environmental Services (including the Smart Controller Rebate program) are currently on hold. This does not include your trash, recycling and organic service.

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water that flows down gutters and into storm drains when it rains. During dry weather, water also flows into gutters and storm drains as a result of pavement washing, runoff from excess lawn irrigation, residential car washing and other activities.

Unlike the wastewater that flows through the sanitary sewer system, stormwater is released directly to our local waterways. Because of this, urban runoff (also called nonpoint source pollution) remains the nation's largest source of water pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Report Discharges to the Storm Drain System

If you observe a stormwater violation, call the Environmental Services Department at (916) 617-4590. Please have this information ready: location of violation and a description of what is going down the drain. Remember, nothing but rain should go down a storm drain! 

More Stormwater Information 

To report illegal dumping or illicit connection to the City's stormwater system, please call non-emergency dispatch at (916) 372-3375.