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Storm Water and You - MAKE the CONNECTION

Learn more about storm water and get answers to the following questions: What is storm water? What is storm water pollution? What is a storm drain? What are storm drain basins? What is a sewer system?

Post-Construction Requirements - MAKE the CONNECTION

Low Impact Development is an approach to land development that preserves natural resources and mimics natural systems for managing storm water runoff while meeting developmental goals.

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CLICK HERE to take our Storm Water Survey!



How Can Residents Help?

Tips and a fact sheet for residents discussing topics such as lawn, garden, vehicles, pools, and home improvement.

How Can Businesses Help?

Good housekeeping and best management practices for your business to help keep Santa Maria a cleaner and better place to live and work.  Also includes Practical Guides to Preventing Storm Water Pollution for carwashes and restaurants.

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Pollution Prevention for EVENT CAR WASHES3117-CarWashesEvents

State and local regulations prohibit the discharge of pollutants to the storm drain system. You can help by following these simple guidelines. Print the above document, read it, share it with the other participants at your event car wash, then sign it, post it onsite, and follow the rules (it is the law).

City of Santa Maria Storm Water Management Program

California Watersheds Slideshow

State Water Resources Control Board Videos

Contact Us

City of Santa Maria citizens are encouraged to contact City staff regarding any questions, concerns, or comments they may have regarding the City's storm water programs.

Utilities Department
2065 E. Main Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-0951 ext. 7270

Storm Water Hotline
(805) 925-0951 ext. 7777

Community Reporting

The Utilities Department needs your help protecting our water resources from illicit discharge activities. Use the Storm Water Hotline or the Anonymous Illegal Dumping and Abandoned Waste Form to confidentially alert the Utilities Department of illegal or unacceptable actions, including illicit discharges from fellow community members and businesses. Common warning signs of illicit discharges are the presence of dry weather flow (e.g., runoff of water flowing down curbs or drains), suds, sewage, oil and gas and other non-storm water related contaminants within or discharging to the City's storm water conveyance system.

Once you report an illicit discharge the information is recorded in our tracking system. A Regulatory Compliance staff member will investigate. Per the City Municipal Code, a civil penalty may be issued depending on the investigation findings and severity of the incident.

Thanks for MAKING the CONNECTION and helping the City of Santa Maria protect local water resources.


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