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Report Any Dumping into Storm Drains to Keep our Creeks, Rivers, and Bay Clean
To report illegal dumping in or near storm drains call (408) 945-3000, complete the online complaint form or email us

Residents and small businesses are the leading causes of storm water pollution and should never put anything into the gutter, street or storm drain. Only rain is allowed down the storm drain.

Stormwater Flows Directly to Our Creeks, Rivers & Bay
In San José, storm drains carry water directly to the nearest creek without treatment. As rain water flows across rooftops, sidewalks, driveways, and streets and enters the City's storm sewer system it can pick up pollutants that can be toxic to fish, wildlife and people, such as:
  • Motor oil and auto fluids which leak from our vehicles
  • Soap and dirt from washing cars in the street or driveway
  • Antifreeze, oil, paint or household cleaners dumped or rinsed into the gutter

The City Investigates Discharges & Illegal Dumping to the Storm Drain
The City responds to all complaints of discharges from businesses and residents or illegal dumping. The complaints may range from a leaking vehicle or pool water discharge, to illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Discharging or Dumping to the Storm Drain May Result in Fines
When violations occur, the City provides education on stormwater protection and also requires the responsible party to clean up the discharge. The City also issues enforcement actions. Uncorrected or serious violations will result in enforcement and may include fines.

The City is Legally Required to Prevent Pollution to the Bay
Federal regulations require the City to protect the storm drains, creeks, and the Bay from pollution from illegal dumping and discharges. Title 15 of the San José Municipal Code gives the authority to inspect and enforce against dumping to the storm drains.

Best Practices and Educational Materials
The City has educational materials for both businesses and residents on how to prevent specific types of pollution.