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Overwatering contributes to Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater Pollution

Did you know that overwatering contributes to stormwater pollution? Overwatering washes the chemicals in pesticides and herbicides from your lawn into the street and into the stormdrain. Overwatering also wastes precious water resources. There are several ways that you can stop overwatering and help the environment. For information on how visit There you will find news on the drought, tips to save water, and even rebates to save you money. So visit Gnorman at

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Storm Drain Seal

Did you know that anything that goes into a storm drain in Tustin has a direct impact on the health of Orange County beaches? Storm drains are designed to remove rain water from the street. Water flowing from your sidewalk goes into a catch basin, flows through the City storm drains, and then ultimately ends up unfiltered in the Pacific Ocean. This is different from our sewer systems which carry water from inside our homes to a wastewater treatment facility.

Therefore Remember that Storm Drains are for Rain…..

Recycle Wastebasket Not for Litter.
Do not throw litter and debris into the street. Trash in the gutter flows directly to local beaches and can clog storm drains causing flooding.
Fertilizer and Pesticide Not for Fertilizers or Pesticides.
Reduce pesticides and fertilizer use during wet weather. Excessive use of fungicides, insecticides, and fertilizers contribute to storm water pollution with the release of toxic and synthetic chemicals.
Pet Waste Not for Pet Waste.
Pick up after your dog. Animal waste left on the ground washes down storm drains and contaminates beaches.
Yard Waste Not for Yard Waste.
Bag compost or recycle grass, tree limbs, leaves and other yard waste. Don’t rake, blow, or hose yard waste into the gutter. Soggy yard waste is a major contributor to clogged storm drains, and street and neighborhood flooding.
Used Oil Filter and Automotive Fluids Not for Automotive Fluids (including Used Oil Filters).
Recycle all hazardous waste including motor oil, antifreeze, and radiator fluids, as well as household waste like paint, solvents, and caustic cleaners.
Draining Your Swimming Pool Draining Your Swimming Pool.
Follow these easy tips to prevent pool chemicals from entering your street, the storm drains and eventually the ocean.
Now that you know, take our quiz.

There are additional steps you can do to prevent pollution from entering our storm drain system.
  • When painting, never wash the brushes in the street but instead wash them in the sink.
  • If you are digging in the yard or doing construction don't leave dirt in the street.
  • Instead of washing your car at home where the water goes in the street, take it to a car wash, where the water will be treated.
  • Spread the word. Let your neighbors know Storm Drains are for Rain.

If you see illegal dumping occurring contact (714) 573-3134, (714) 573-3135.
After hours call 1-877-89SPILL. To report a problem on-line click here.

Water Pollution

If your catch basin needs to be cleaned please call (714) 573-3350

The City of Tustin encourages all its residents to recycle their used motor oil and oil filters.
For a listing of certified used oil collection sites go to:

Cal Recycle or Tustin Collection Centers

To find your nearest hazardous waste collection site go to:

Orange County Integrated Waste Management Department

Remember to conserve water. Plant drought tolerant or native vegetation that do not require as much water or pesticides.
For a listing of drought tolerant plants and possible rebates for water saving strategies go to:

Information on the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County's Turf Removal Program can be found at:

MWDOC Turf Removal Program

Composting is another great way to save water and reduce the amount of trash we send to our landfills.
For information on composting in Orange County visit:

UCCE Master Gardeners

If you see a sewer spill or have a back up with your sewer, contact the Orange County Sanitation District (714) 962-2411 or the Irvine Ranch Water District at (949) 453-5300. For information on those agencies FOG program visit

Irvine Ranch Water District or Orange County Sanitation District

For more information on Preventing Stormwater Pollution in Orange County or participating in events such as Coastal Cleanup Day visit

Orange County Watersheds

bullet County of Orange Presentation during City Council Meeting on March 16, 2010 [10 minutes]
bullet Curiosity Quest Goes Green - Storm Water [27 minutes]
bullet Curiosity Quest Goes Green - Algalita [27 minutes]
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