Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention

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The City of Santa Clara needs to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) permit requirements, which aim to minimize the amount or pollutants that get into our waterways via storm drains. To accomplish this, the City of Santa Clara takes the following measures:

  • More frequent street sweeping in industrial zones
  • Early sweeping schedule in industrial zones to avoid parked cars that limit access to the curbside
  • Educational outreach
  • Adoption of Single-Use Carryout Bag and Polystyrene Foam Food Service Ware Ordinances
  • Installation of full trash capture devices in storm drain inlets 
  • Support community litter abatement efforts through the Adopt-a-Spot Program

Nothing besides clean water may be dumped or allowed to flow into a storm drain. Common examples of illegal discharges include pesticides, washwaters, sewage, automotive fluids, paint, construction materials and wastes, sediment and/or silt, and food wastes.

To report an active illicit discharge (anything other than rain water going into a storm drain inlet), please call 408-615-3080. For after hours reporting, please call 408-615-5580. If there is a potential discharge, you may submit an online request

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