The Public Works Department annually completes maintenance and clearing of all pump stations, catch basins, inlets, and creeks. A strategy of preventive maintenance, periodic inspections and as needed cleanings drives the annual work schedule. Typically, to maintain proper flow, crews remove and dispose of hundreds of cubic yards of trash and debris from basins and inlets, and thousands of cubic yards of trash, debris and sediment from creeks, channels and drainage ditches.
- Who do I call to report a clogged catch basin, flooded streets, or illegally dumped materials in the public right-of-way?
In an emergency, where the public health and safety is in danger, please call 911. In all other situations, call 408-586-2600.
- What is stormwater pollution?
Stormwater pollution is when water from rainstorms, garden hoses and sprinklers causes runoff that collects harmful debris and flows through local creeks, rivers and lakes - eventually draining, untreated, into the ocean.
- What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that collects water whenever it rains or snows. Through gravity, water is channeled into soils, groundwater, creeks, and lakes and drains into larger bodies of water such as rivers. Eventually, the water flows to an ocean.
We all live in a watershed, and whatever we do to the land will affect water quality downstream.