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HELP PREVENT WATER POLLUTION IN OUR CREEKS AND BAY

The city's Stormwater Runoff Pollution Program is concerned with preventing any toxic substances and other pollutants from entering the storm drain system, which flows directly into our creeks and on to the Bay. Unlike wastewater that drains into sanitary sewer systems, contaminants that flow into storm drains are not treated. Storm drains are separate from the sanitary sewer system. Unlike the water that goes down the toilet or sink in your home, the water and pollution that enter the storm drain system flow directly to our creeks and Bay..........with no treatment!  These pollutants endanger the quality of the water in our creeks and can eventually harm birds, marine life and even humans. Examples of pollutants that we have seen illegally flushed into storm drains include: vehicle fluids such as motor oil, anti-freeze, and brake fluid; concrete rinsewater; grease from cleaning restaurant kitchen mats; paint and paint cleanup water; pool water; mud hosed into the gutter from grading projects.

Residential and small-business storm water pollution has become the leading threat to the Bay. Day after day, pollution is washed into neighborhood gutters and storm drains by rain and over-watering. This pollution is toxic to fish, wildlife and people! Never allow anything except rain into a gutter or storm drain.

YOU ARE THE SOLUTION TO WATER POLLUTION

You can help prevent storm water pollution by making small changes in your daily routine. Reduce your use of toxic products in your home and garden, and dispose of them properly. Keep your car in tune and repair leaks promptly. Keep your yard waste, dirt, detergent, paint, trash and pet waste out of your gutter and storm drains. Remember, only rain down a storm drain! For more detail about pollution prevention and what you can do to help, click on one of the following links:

Reporting Spills or Dumping

No Dumping into Storm Drains, they flow direclty to the Bay!

When do you report an illegal discharge or dumping includes:

When you see a person dumping anything into the storm drain or gutter. This activity is illegalWhen you notice unusual odors in or near the storm drain.

When you see waste materials in or near the storm drain.

When the storm drain system has larger than normal flows during dry periods.

To report an illegal discharge or dumping incident that occurred in Cupertino, contact the City of Cupertino at the following phone numbers:

408.777.3354 (Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm)

408.777.3269 (Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 3:00pm).

After Hours – 408.299.2507 (Santa Clara County Communications will notify the City’s on call staff).

Storm Water Ordinance prohibits the discharge of residential and industrial waste to storm drains. Violators could be cited $25,000 per day.

Water Pollution Prevention for Businesses 

Business owners and managers can help prevent water pollution in the San Francisco Bay in many ways. Understanding how water pollution can occur and adopting behaviors designed to prevent pollution can significantly reduce harmful discharges. Preventing pollution is the best and most economical way to restore the health of local waterways and preserve these valuable natural resources for ourselves and future generations.

It is important to remember that almost everywhere in the Bay Area, the storm drainage system carries rainwater and other runoff from roads, parking lots, and roof drains directly to local creeks and the Bay, with no treatment. The “sanitary” sewer carries wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other indoor drains to local wastewater treatment plants, where treatment processes remove biological waste products before the treated water flows on to the Bay.

Neither of these systems -- storm drain or sanitary sewer -- is designed to handle solvents, metals, or chemicals.

Reporting Spills or Dumping 

No Dumping into Storm Drains, they flow direclty to the Bay!

To report an illegal discharge or dumping incident that occurred in Cupertino, contact the City of Cupertino at the following phone numbers:

408.777.3354 (Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm)

408.777.3269 (Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 3:00pm)

After Hours – 408.299.2507 (Santa Clara County Communications will notify the City’s on call staff).

You will find info related to stormwater runoff pollution prevention, stormwater quality regulation and streamside permitting in this section.

Last updated: 9/1/2016 10:03:38 AM