A main component of the Oceanside Clean Water Program is educating the public about how our local rivers, creeks, lagoons, and ocean get polluted and how the public can help protect these water bodies from pollution.
One of the main education phrases to instill in peoples minds is “Only Rain in the Storm Drain.” All storm drains lead to the nearest water body. Storm water and urban runoff is not treated like the sewage that comes from your home. The storm drain system is a separate set of underground pipes that carries water away from specific areas, like streets, to prevent flooding. If we all work together we can achieve this goal and eliminate a significant amount of pollution that reaches our local waterbodies.
Below are some simple tips that the public can do to help achieve this goal. For more detailed information on how you can prevent water pollution click on one of the following links depending on who you are: business , developer, resident, children, and teacher.
Ten Tips to Prevent Water Pollution
Don’t apply fertilizers and pesticides before it rains.
Don’t litter. Pick up trash on the ground and dispose of it in a trash can.
Pick up after your pet – it’s your doody!
Don’t allow irrigation water to runoff your property.
Prevent soil erosion by using appropriate containment devices whether at home or on a construction site.
Repair leaking vehicles.
Recycle used motor oil at your local auto supply store.
Wash vehicles in the grass or at the car wash.
Don’t pour grease and vegetable oil down your sink.
Report any water running in the street when it is not raining or someone dumping something in the storm drain or curb and gutter by calling the Urban Runoff Hotline at 760-435-4500.