Fire Prevention – Emergency Response NOTE: Dumping into a storm drain is illegal!To report suspicious discharges into the storm drain, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY! The City of Milpitas Fire Department responds to reports about illegal dumping into storm drains. Technically, anything other than rain water is an illegal discharge to our stormwater conveyance system, our creeks and South San Francisco Bay. For water waste running into a storm drain, please call the Public Works Department at (408) 586-2600.
Program Background:The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) has determined that discharges other than rain water runoff to receiving waters is a threat to the environment, and has amended the Federal Clean Water Act to reduce the amount of pollutants from reaching these waterways. The Federal regulations have mandated requirements on municipalities for storm water discharges. The City of Milpitas, together with thirteen valley cities and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, formed the Santa Clara Valley Non-point Source Pollution Control Program to fight storm drain pollution. In July of 1990, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay region, mandated that Milpitas and surrounding communities, remove, as much as practical, the amount of pollutants entering the City’s storm water drainage system. In the Santa Clara Valley, storm drains flow directly to local creeks and the San Francisco Bay, with no treatment. Storm water pollution is a serious problem for wildlife dependent on our water ways and for the people who live near polluted streams or bay lands. Some common sources of this pollution include:
- Fuel, and fluids from vehicles and heavy equipment,
- Construction debris,
- Landscaping runoff containing pesticides or herbicides, and
- Material such as used motor oil, antifreeze and paint products that people pour or spill onto the street or into the storm drain.
Publications: The following documents, BMPs and guidelines are currently available for free. General: BMPs for Industrial Storm Water Pollution Control. The Bay begins at your front door. Auto Dismantling and Vehicle Service Facilities: Auto Dismantlers: Best Management Practices BMPs for Automotive-Related Industries Body Work Changing Oil and Other Fluids: Vehicle Shop Practices for a Cleaner Bay Engine & Parts Cleaning & Radiator Flushing Keeping it all in tune: Car repair and pollution prevention Keeping a Clean Shop Washing Cars and Other Vehicles Your Shop Can Make a Difference: What vehicle service shops can do to protect water quality in the Bay and Delta Machine Shops: BMPs for Machine Shops BMPs for the Construction Industry: Blueprint fron a Clean Bay: BMPs to Prevent Stormwater Pollution from Construction-Related Activities Fresh Concrete and Mortar Application General Construction and Site Supervision Home Repair and Remodeling Landscaping, Gardening, and Maintenance Painting and Application of Solvents and Adhesives Roadwork and PavingCopies of these documents, BMPs and guidelines are available at the Milpitas City Hall at 455 E. Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, CA. If you would like information on these documents, please contact the Hazardous Materials and Environmental Services Unit at (408) 586-3365 or the Engineering Utility Section at (408) 586-3352.