The water that drains down a sink or toilet in a home or business flows to the sanitary sewer and is treated by the City of San Diego at a wastewater treatment plant. The storm drain system, on the other hand, is designed to carry rainwater from City streets and driveways to prevent flooding. This water does not receive any treatment. It flows directly to creeks and rivers – terminating at the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, as rainfall flows over the ground, it picks up debris and pollutants and deposits them into our watersheds. To protect our natural resources, the prevention of pollution running into the storm drain system is imperative.
Best Management Practices
The City's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program works with residents and businesses to help them learn the Best Management Practices (BMPs) to follow, so pollution does not go from their business via the storm drains into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and the ocean.
For questions relating to the City's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, please contact Tracy Beach, Senior Civil Engineer, at 858-668-4652. Please include your name, address, and daytime phone number, and provide as much information as possible about your question or concern.