In general, illicit discharges and connections to the City's right-
of-way, wastewater drain system are any discharges that are not
composed entirely of wastewater. In almost all cases of illicit
discharges, elimination of the discharge requires some level of
enforcement and/or abatement action. Responding to urban
runoff reports is an important component of our Clean Water
Program and aids in our ultimate goal of reducing rural and
urban runoff and enhancing water quality.
Typical water discharges include, but are not limited to:
- Irrigation runoff (e.g. overspray and over-irrigation)
- Residential vehicle washing
- Residential and commercial street, sidewalk, and parking lot washing (e.g. hosing down and high-pressure washing)
- Air conditioning condensation
- Swimming pool discharges
- Sanitary sewer overflows
- Septic system overflows
The Clean Water Program serves to protect and enhance the quality of our most visible and valuable natural resources - our lakes, river, underground resources, and the Ocean - and comply with state and regional environmental regulations.
The Clean Water Program works closely with the community, including residents, commercial businesses, developers, and municipal staff, to provide education on potential pollution impacts and prevention practices.