Clean Water

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Storm Drains Flow to the Bay!

cleanwater190While most of Union City’s wastewater is efficiently processed by Union Sanitary District, runoff from storm drains flows directly to the Bay via local storm drains and flood control channels. Since the storm drain system is designed for rainwater management needs, the water is not treated. Motor oil, litter, fertilizers and pesticides all become pollutants. By maintaining storm drain systems and limiting the materials that flow into drains, we can reduce water pollution to the bay and prevent adverse effects to local wildlife.

What Can You Do?

Alameda County’s Clean Water Program has assembled a list of best practices for businesses to avoid illegal dumping in storm drains. These practices will help us maintain a cleaner bay and protect the habitats of local fish and birds. If your business involves products or services that pose a risk to local water sources, educate your customers and clients about the importance of clean water and how to prevent water pollution.

Union Sanitary District has a page on its storm water program with a few simple tips, and a list of resources for further information.

Clean Water Best Practices
Business Tip Sheet