Did you know that Temecula's storm drains are not connected to sanitary
sewer systems or treatment plants? Storm drains are intended to prevent
flooding by conveying rain water away from developed areas and directly
into our local creeks. As such, untreated storm water, and the
pollutants it carries, flows directly into our local creeks and
ultimately into the ocean.
Through the use of the following Best Management Practices (BMPs), you can prevent pollutants from entering our local creeks.
Do not wash, repair, or maintain your vehicles on streets
Do not wash detergents, degreasers, detailing products, motor oil, radiator fluid, or any other car-care product onto the street
Clean up all spills. Fix leaks immediately
Properly dispose of fluids. Call 800-CLEANUP (800-253-2687) for the recycling center nearest you
Use drip pans under leaking vehicles
Lawn & Garden
Rake up all grass clippings, leaves, mulch, and other debris following your gardening activities. Start a compost pile
Don't blow anything into the street or storm drains
Sweep dirt and other debris from sidewalks, driveways, and garages into a trash can
Minimize the use of pesticides, weed killers, fertilizers, and other chemicals.
Use environmentally-friendly alternatives that dissolve quickly. Do not apply any products prior to a forecasted rain
Prevent over-watering and adjust your sprinklers to eliminate overspray
Protect bare spots, slopes, and hillsides from discharging dirt onto sidewalks, gutters, streets, or storm drains
Take a bag when you walk your pets and clean up after them
Dispose of pet waste in the trash
Do not hose down paints, thinners, concrete, grout, plaster, dirt and other construction residue into the street
Do not discharge pool water containing chemicals used for treating, disinfecting, or cleaning.
Chlorine or Bromine levels must be below 0.1 ppm (mg/l).
Total Suspended Solids (TSS) must be below 60 mg/l.
pH levels must be in the neutral range (6.5 - 7.5).
Do not discharge pool water that is cloudy, discolored, or has foul odor.
Rinse cartridge filters in a dirt area.
Discharge backwash to a sanitary sewer connection, not the storm drain.
Discharge your pool water over several days onto your lawn without creating runoff onto the sidewalk before discharging into a stormdrain.
Dispose of spent diatomaceous earth in the garbage.
Report illegal discharges at 951-694-6411 during business hours, and at 800-506-2555 after business hours.