What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is the 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, picking up many kinds of pollutants along the way. Because of these factors, urban runoff (also called nonpoint source pollution) remains the nation's largest source of water quality problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Report Discharges to the Storm Drain System
If you observe a stormwater violation or are unsure of something that you see going down a storm drain, call the Environmental Services Department at (916) 617-4590. Please have this information ready: location of violation and description of what is going down the drain. Remember, nothing but rain should go down a storm drain!
More Stormwater Information
- Commercial and Business
- Industrial General Permit (IGP)
- Construction and Development Requirements
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
To report illegal dumping or illicit connection to the City's stormwater system, please call non-emergency dispatch at (916) 372-3375.