Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Guidelines
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
Handwashing vs Antibacterial Products
Washing hands with soap is still the best way to keep germs at bay. Avoid using personal care products that contain triclosan.

Pools, Spas and Fountains
The water from your pool, spa or fountain contains contaminants that can harm our creeks and bay. If you must drain your pool, spa or fountain, learn how to do it without harming the environment.
Look for your sanitary sewer clean-out for draining your pool.

Storm Water Protection
All of the storm drains in Palo Alto and our service area drain directly to the local creeks and Bay, without being filtered or cleaned.
Group of students helping mark storm drains around school area

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.

Meeting Development Standards for Stormwater Quality
Contractors and crews must plan ahead to keep dirt, debris, and other construction waste away from storm drains and local creeks. Following these guidelines will ensure your compliance with City of Palo Alto ordinance requirements.
Revision Date: 6/27/2016
Revision Date: 6/2/2006