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What is with the “No Dumping” Signs?

Rachel Williams

Help rid your property of unwanted and illegal dumping with a swipe of a paint brush.


We all want a cleaner San Diego. However, it’s easier to prevent pollution than to clean it up later. Rainwater is collected by San Diego’s storm drain system and runs untreated into creeks, rivers, bays and the ocean. All of that is great – except when you stop to consider the pollutants that this water can carry with it when careless acts pollute our storm drains.

Storm drain pollution is common, yet something that even you can help prevent. If you’re a property owner or manager, these are just a few ways you can contribute to the spread of pollution prevention information:

  • 1)Send out an informative pamphlet to tenants.
  • 2)Require construction contractors that disturb any soil on the property to use best management practices to prevent sediment from leaving the site.
  • 3)Mark your storm drains with “no dumping” signage to alert tenants and passersby.

A significant source of pollution to the San Diego Bay comes from stormwater runoff. Pollutants can be both visible and invisible. We are working hard to make property owners and managers aware of this problem and offer “No Dumping” sign painting for unmarked storm drains.

Every year, pounds and pounds of trash is inevitably dumped into the Bay and other San Diego waterways. Pollutants include:

  • -Trash
  • -Sand
  • -Petroleum products from motor vehicles
  • -Animal waste
  • -Grease
  • -Excess pesticides
  • -Heavy metals in motor vehicle dust

No one wants to swim in an ocean full of trash, or take a bike ride by a river lined with oil. Education is key to preventing this future in San Diego. Learn more about storm drains or contact the City of San Diego Storm Water Division for an inspection or further prevention suggestions at:


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