Urban pollutants, such as oil and other automotive fluids, paint, yard and pet wastes, construction debris, pesticides, fertilizers, and cleaners can wind up in the street.
A little water from rain or a garden hose can carry automotive and household toxic materials through the storm drains to the flood control channel and eventually the ocean.
Polluted urban runoff contaminates the ocean and beaches, harms aquatic life, and increases the risk of flooding by clogging gutters and catch basins.
You can help control water contamination by being aware of the sources and the activities that contribute to storm water pollution.
Report Illegal Dumping
To report illegal dumping, call the Orange Countywide 24-hour water pollution reporting hotline number at 1-877-89-SPILL, or the La Palma Public Works Department at (714) 690-3310 or during after hours call the La Palma Police Department at (714) 690-3370.
Since many businesses and residents are unaware of the storm water & urban runoff problem, encourage neighbors and co-workers to be careful about polluting the storm drain system. Visit h2oc.org for additional information and materials regarding storm drain management.
Together, we can make a difference in keeping the ocean and beaches clean for wildlife and ourselves.