The Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) is owned by the City of Palo Alto and treats wastewater from its six partner Cities and agencies: East Palo Sanitary District, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Stanford. Housed in Public Works is the Watershed Protection Group. This group prevents and reduces pollution from entering the San Francisco Bay from wastewater in our service area and protects creeks from stormwater pollution sources in Palo Alto.
Looking for disposal information on hazardous waste and expired or unused medcines?
Palo Alto residents and businesses: use services on the Zero Waste web page
Partner City residents: visit Baywise.org for services and programs that are closest to where you live
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]