Pet and Feed Stores

It is illegal to allow anything other than rainwater to be discharged to a storm drain.

Pet and Feed Supply stores sell many types of products that can contain pollutants.  If spilled or disposed of improperly, materials such as insecticides, nutrients, and pathogens can be harmful to water quality and creek habitats.

Individuals and businesses that improperly handle and dispose of non-stormwater materials down the storm drain are both subject to civil and criminal prosecution.

Best Practices: 

Keep Your Property Clean

  • Sweep up all debris, including the parking lot.
  • Clean up wet or oily spots with rags and absorbent.
  • Pet waste must be picked up and put in the trash.  Never hose it down.  Pee stained areas can be mopped up.
  • Pour mop wash water into an inside drain only.
  • Power washing / steam cleaning water must be collected and disposed of into a sanitary sewer drain.

Inform Your Customers

  • Label storm drain inlets with “No Dumping, Drains to Creek” decals.
  • Anything dumped at your site becomes your responsibility; make sure everything is disposed of properly to avoid violations.
  • Stress the importance of cleaning up pet waste, both on walks and at home.  The pathogens in pet waste can be harmful to individuals, animals, and creek habitats

Are You Ready to Respond to a Spill?

  • Have a written plan.
  • Train employees annually on storm water regulations, spill response, personal safety, and hazardous waste handling and disposal.
  • Have spill cleanup materials onsite.
  • Have Safety Data Sheets for all products used.

Report Spills Here

Cloverdale: (707) 894-2150
Cotati: (707) 665-3605
Healdsburg: (707) 431-7000
Rohnert Park: (707) 588-3300
Santa Rosa: (707) 543-3800,
After Hours: (707) 543-3805
Sebastopol: (707) 823-5331,
After Hours: (707) 829-4400
Ukiah: (707) 463-6288
Unincorporated County of Sonoma: (707) 565-1900
Unincorporated Mendocino County: (707) 234-6679
Windsor: (707) 838-1006,
After Hours: (707) 838-1000

Releasing pollutants into the storm drain system or a waterway is prohibited by local ordinance, state, and federal law.

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