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 overwateringisout.org. There you will find news on the drought, tips to save water, and even rebates to save you money. So visit Gnorman at overwateringisout.org.
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.
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.
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.
Pick up after your dog. Animal waste left on the ground washes down storm drains and contaminates beaches.
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.
Recycle all hazardous waste including motor oil, antifreeze, and radiator fluids, as well as household waste like paint, solvents, and caustic cleaners.
Follow these easy tips to prevent pool chemicals from entering your street, the storm drains and eventually the ocean.
There are additional steps you can do to prevent pollution from entering our storm drain system.
If you see illegal dumping occurring contact (714) 573-3134, (714) 573-3135. After hours call 1-877-89SPILL. Or you can report a problem online.
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 to prevent contamination of stormwater. For a listing of local certified used oil collection sites go to CalRecycle. Used oil and filters can also be disposed of at hazardous waste collection sites. To find your nearest hazardous waste collection site go to Orange County Integrated Waste Management Department.
Pesticides are another stormwater contaminant. Drought tolerant or native vegetation do not require as much water or pesticides, which helps to eliminate a common source of stormwater pollution. For a listing of drought tolerant plants and possible rebates for water saving strategies go to www.BeWaterWise.com or www.ocwatersmart.com.
Information on the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County's Turf Removal Program can be found at MWDOC Turf Removal Program.
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.