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Only Rain Down the Drain

Only Rain Down the Drain!

The storm drain system is separate from the sanitary sewer system, and pollutants that enter these drains flow directly into creeks and the bay without treatment.  Educate personnel about this difference and the importance of not letting contaminants enter storm drains.

All businesses are required to prevent anything except rainwater from entering storm drains from any of the following activities or sources:

  • Loading docks
  • Dumpster areas
  • Outdoor working areas
  • Storage areas
  • Landscaping
  • Construction
  • Cleaning equipment/tools
  • Pre-painting preparations
  • Power-wash water
  • Washing vehicles
  • Cleaning parking lots
  • Monitor subcontractors to ensure their activities are not polluting storm drains. 
  • Prevent erosion during all landscape, construction or other activities.