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Illegal Dumping

Only Rain in the Storm Drain!

The storm drain system is designed to protect you from floods and enhance water resources, but the system can be abused by careless disposal of harmful chemicals, wash waters, and other substances.

It is illegal to release anything other than storm water and irrigation water to the storm drain system! (To find out about specific exemptions, see Non-Storm Water Discharges below.)

If you see someone using the storm drain system in the Fresno-Clovis area improperly, you may contact us immediately by phone during normal business hours at (559) 456-3292. You may also use this web site to Contact us for response within the next business day. We will visit the location, contact the responsible party and provide information about proper disposal. Your identity will be kept confidential, and will only be used to inform you of the outcome of our response.

If the incident is in progress and involves hazardous materials, please contact your city fire department, police, sheriff, or the County of Fresno Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team at (559) 445-3271 or 1-800-742-1011 between the hours of 8:00 am 5:00 pm. Call 488-3111 after business hours.

Only Rain in the Storm Drain!

The storm drain system is designed to protect you from floods and enhance water resources, but the system can be abused by careless disposal of harmful chemicals, wash waters, and other substances.

It is illegal to release anything other than storm water and irrigation water to the storm drain system! The following are permitted, provided they are not determined by the District, Cities, County of Fresno, or Regional Water Quality Control Board to be significant sources of pollutants.

Non-Storm Water Discharges

  • Water line flushing
  • Springs
  • Rising ground waters
  • Lawn waters
  • Discharges from potable water sources
  • Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges**
  • Irrigation water
  • Diverted stream flows
  • Footing drainage
  • Uncontaminated pumped ground water
  • Flows from riparian & wetland habitats
  • Air conditioning condensate
  • Waters from firefighting
  • Water from crawl space pumps
  • Landscape irrigation
  • Individual residential car wash waters*
  • Uncontaminated ground water infiltration
  • Street wash waters
  • Foundation drainage

* Local agencies also allow occasional non-profit car wash fund raisers

** Prior to draining a swimming pool to the street, you must allow 24-48 hours for all chlorine to dissipate (check with test strip). If you live in the City of Fresno, call for a permit.

Generally, all other discharges are prohibited. The District requires best management practices for release of some other non-storm water discharges, such as water associated with saw cut slurry and pressure cleaning of pavement.

Contact us for more information.