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Used Motor Oil and Used Tire Recycling in Unincorporated County areas 1-877-R-1-EARTH (877-713-2784)
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Stormwater - Residential Vehical Care

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Mechanic working on a car.Vehicle wastes are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.  Stormwater runoff from vehicle waste has been found to contain high concentrations of metals, organics, antifreeze, oil and grease.  When these wastes wash into our waters they can kill aquatic organisms.  Metals such as chromium, cadmium, lead, and zinc have the potential to contaminate drinking water supplies as well as bioaccumulate in aquatic life.  Organics such as engine degreasers, cleaners, and other solvents can also degrade water quality.  Antifreeze is very toxic to wildlife.


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 oil, antifreeze, and solvents, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.

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

Tip: Use shop rags to clean up spills.


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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 watersheds@sdcounty.ca.gov

Report a Stormwater Violation On-Line
 
COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
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