Stormwater - Food Establishments

Organic wastes are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.  Stormwater runoff from eating and drinking establishments has been found to contain high concentrations of organics, food oil, and food grease wastes.  When these wastes wash into our waters they can kill aquatic organisms.  Organics such as food wastes and cooking oils can cause algae blooms and bacteria growth which degrades water quality.

Your Regulatory Requirements - County of San Diego, Stormwater Ordinance

What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)!
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as cooking oil and food wastes, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.

Helpful Information and Documents:
General Stormwater BMP Brochure
What's Cookin' Guide
BMP Restaurant Poster
San Diego County Wastewater Agencies
Pollutant Impacts on Water Quality
CASQA BMP Handbooks

Tip: Wash kitchen mats in areas that drains to a sanitary sewer system.

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If you have questions or would like additional information, 
call the County Stormwater hotline at 1(888) 846-0800
or e-mail us at

Report a Stormwater Violation On-Line
Department of Public Works
Watershed Protection Program
5510 Overland Ave., Suite 410, MS O326
San Diego,  CA  92123,  USA
(858) 495-5318           Fax: (858) 495-5263