Protecting Creeks and Bay

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RWQCP
Watershed Protection Group
2501 Embarcadero Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 329-2122

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Medicines Disposal Information:
(650) 329-2495




















The Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto and treats wastewater from its six partner agencies: East Palo Alto Sanitary District, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Stanford. Housed in Public Works–Watershed Protection, the RWQCP prevents and reduces pollution from entering San Francisco Bay from wastewater in our service area, and protects creeks from stormwater pollution sources in Palo Alto.

Looking for special event information or disposal options for hazardous waste and expired medications?
• Palo Alto residents and businesses: use services listed on the Zero Waste web page;
• Residents from East Palo Alto Sanitary District, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Stanford please visit Baywise.org for services and programs that are closest to where you live or work.

Last Updated: Oct 7, 2014
No Drugs Down the Drain
Don't flush expired or unused drugs down toilets or drains. Dispose of medications at a take-back location.
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Vehicle Pollution Prevention
Residents and businesses need to do what they can to keep vehicle pollutants out of the environment.
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Less-Toxic Pest Control
Come find more information about how residents can reduce pesticide use at home and how the City reduces pesticides used at City properties and public areas.
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Reduce Plastics in Our Creeks and Bay
Plastic items like single-use water bottles, food wrappers and "Styrofoam" pieces continue to end up in our creeks. This page summarizes the City's work on reducing plastics in our local creeks, wetlands and Bay.
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Mercury Pollution Prevention
San Francisco Bay is contaminated by mercury-an element used in many household items, which is also a potent human nerve toxin.
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Reporting Spills, Dumping, and Back-Ups
If you notice any unusual substance in or around a storm drain, or if you see someone dumping anything into the storm drain, street, or gutter, to local creeks or the Bay, or elsewhere in the outdoor environment, call 650-329-2413 immediately!
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Copper
Excessive amounts of copper can be toxic to the Bay's ecosystem. Find out how you can reduce the amount of copper being released to the environment.
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How To Keep Your Sanitary Sewer Working Properly
Ways to prevent sewer backups and avoid expensive emergency plumbing.
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