Did you know that dumping into the gutter or storm drain is illegal and can result in fines or penalties?
Motor oil, paint products, chemicals, litter and other pollutants can contaminate local waterways and threaten wildlife when they are illegally dumped into storm drains.
The Environmental Services Section responds to reports of illegal dumping into storm drains by individuals and businesses. The section also monitors and enforces federal, state and local water quality laws and regulations by regularly inspecting local industrial facilities to ensure that they comply with water quality regulations.
Required Permits for Industry and Construction
The Industrial Activities Storm Water General Permit is a permit issued by the State to cover businesses that discharge storm water associated with industrial activities.
The following types of facilities are required to obtain coverage under the state's permit:
- Manufacturing facilities in specified classifications
- Mining and oil and gas facilities
- Hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facilities
- Landfills, land application sites and open dumps
- Recycling facilities
- Steam electric-power-generating facilities
- Wastewater treatment plants
- Manufacturing facilities where industrial materials, equipment, or activities are exposed to storm water
- Transportation facilities with vehicle maintenance shops or equipment cleaning operations
- Facilities subject to storm water effluent limitations guidelines, new source performance standards, or toxic pollutant effluent standards
The Construction General Permit is a permit issued by the state to cover businesses that engage in any construction that will result in the disturbance of 5,000 square feet or 50 cubic yards of material. You must notify the City of San Leandro Engineering and Transportation Department at (510) 577-3428 prior to the start of construction activities.
For more information about either the Industrial Activities Storm Water Permit or the Construction General Permit, contact the State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 657-1146 or online at www.swrcb.ca.gov.
The storm drain exists to drain runoff of rainwater. However, the following discharges are allowed on a conditional basis using proper best management practices:
- Residential car washing
- Pool and spa water (must be free of chlorine and algae)
- Foundation drains
- Water from crawl space pumps
- Footing drains
- Air conditioning condensate
- Landscape irrigation, lawn or garden watering
- Planned and unplanned discharges from potable water sources
- Discharges or flows from emergency fire fighting activities and
- Water line or hydrant flushing
For more information about proper best management practices, visit the Alameda County Clean Water Program at www.cleanwaterprogram.org.
For more information about storm water drainage within the city of San Leandro, visit the Friends of San Leandro Creek at www.fslc.org.