Stormwater - Home Improvements

Home improvement tools.Home improvement such as household cleaning supplies, paints, plasters and dry wall mud materials are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.  Many products used during home remodeling projects contain chemicals that are harmful to wildlife and humans.  Even water soluble latex paints contain chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life and drinking water.  If not properly managed, these wastes can cause toxic changes to our environment.  Other example of pollutants are dry wall, cement, thinners, adhesives, sealers, clean-up water, and wastes generated from surface preparation, such as paint chips and scraping waste. 

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 home improvement pollutants into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.

Helpful Information and Documents:
General Stormwater BMP Brochure
CASQA BMP Handbooks
Pollutant Impacts on Water Quality
San Diego County Wastewater Agencies 

Tip: Do not drain rinse water to the storm drain 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