It is illegal to allow anything other than rainwater to be discharged to a storm drain.
Never allow dust / particulates, wastewater, or debris to be transported to a street, gutter, parking lot, or storm drain. If discharged or disposed of improperly, materials such as concrete, mortar, fine particulates and heavy metals 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.
- Avoid cutting or fabricating activities outside to prevent any dust and sediment accumulation that may run off into the storm drain system.
- Prevent buildup of dust and sediment indoors so that it will not be tracked, blown, or otherwise carried outside.
- Vacuum or sweep up sediment, dust, and other residuals frequently and at the end of every day.
- Never hose down or wash any sediment or dust off of paved areas.
- Any wastewater generated from stone and tile cutting may require a Discharge Permit. Check with your local municipality for specific requirements.
- For work performed in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, and Cotati obtain a General Wastewater Discharge Permit with the Environmental Compliance Section at www.srcity.org/generalapp.
- If you have a wastewater pre-treatment system that involves sediment settling, regularly clean out settling tanks and properly store and dispose of any waste.
- Process water must be collected in a tank and strained/filtered to remove all solids prior to disposal to sanitary sewer.
- Check and clean regularly.
- Clean up wet or oily spots with rags and absorbents. Use dry cleanup methods.
- Process water from a power-washer must be collected. Prior to power washing of any surface, refer to the “Power Washer Guidelines” document and/or your local municipality for requirements and regulatory compliance.
- Maintain equipment you own and rent regularly to prevent leaks.
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.
How are the Storm Drain and Sanitary Sewer Systems Different?
- Throughout urban communities, the storm drain system transports rainwater to local creeks, rivers, and the ocean. This system was created to prevent flooding within communities and homes.
- All water and materials that enter the storm drain system are untreated.
- The sanitary sewer is a plumbed system that transports used water from buildings to a wastewater collection and treatment facility, where the water and sewage is treated.
- If you see an outdoor drain and are unsure of its use, assume it is a storm drain and do not discharge wash water to it.
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.