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.orgfor services and programs that are closest to where you live or work.
Celebrate Pollution Prevention Week! September 22 – 26, 2014 Attend a hands-on class about healthy cleaning products, take a Baylands hike with a Park Ranger or go on a canoe trip in the tidal marsh. To learn more about activities happening that week, and to sign up for a class or event click here or call 650.329.2495.
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. [more]
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. [more]
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! [more]
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. [more]