Stormwater at Your Home


Follow the Flow From Your House to Your Neighborhood Creek

Stormwater pollution comes from many sources. Rain or over-watering can carry pollutants like waste oil, pesticides, paint, and pet waste down the gutter and into a storm drain. Unlike sinks and toilets, storm drains flow directly to creeks and streams. Pollutants are carried into our waterways without treatment. This contaminates the water we drink and play in, and can also harm wildlife.

To find out where runoff from your house drains, click below to launch a map of your neighborhood.



http://maps.roseville.ca.us/webpit/

  • Click 'Find Address', then enter your address (i.e. 123 Main Street)
  • Using the magnifying tool (upper right) to zoom in to the 'red pushpin' shown on the map
  • Click on the [+] next to layers (left side), and select 'Storm Drain System', 'Open Space', 'Creek' and 'Roseville Aerial'.
  • Follow the arrows on the storm drain system that connects the storm drain inlet closest to your house to an outfall. Outfalls discharge stormwater from storm drains to a creek or open space.
  • Zoom out if necessary to view the complete path

What You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

There are many things that you can do to prevent stormwater pollution at your home.

Car WashingWhen you wash your car...
Use minimal amounts of biodegradable phosphate-free soap.
Wash your car on a grass or gravel area.
Put a spray nozzle on your hose to conserve water.
Empty any remaining soapy water into a toilet or sink.

When you paint your house...
Choose water based paints over more toxic oil based paints.
Use up all the paint before disposing of the can.
Let any residual paint air dry in the can then throw it in the garbage.
Rinse your latex paint brushes in the sink.

Integrated Pest ManagementWhen you care for your lawn and garden……
Always apply fertilizers and pesticides per the manufacturers directions.
To reduce the concentrations of pollutants in stormwater runoff,
avoid applying lawn and garden chemicals prior to rain events.
Learn more about less toxic alternatives for Integrated Pest Management.

When you water your lawn...
Apply lawn fertilizers and pesticides sparingly to reduce run off.
Use non-toxic pest controls such as insecticidal soaps or ladybugs for aphids.
Use grass clippings as compost for your lawn.

When you drain your pool...
To obtain approval to discharge your pool water, call the City’s
Stormwater Program at (916) 774-5751. A city inspector will test for chlorine
and other contaminants. If no chlorine is detected and no other contaminates are
present, your pool water will be permitted to discharge to the storm drain for free.
If chlorine or other contaminants are present, your pool water will be required to
discharge to the sanitary sewer and a $40 fee will be assessed.

When you clean your driveway...
Use absorbent like kitty litter or sand to soak up oil and antifreeze spills.
Sweep up the mixture. Bag it and throw it in the garbage.
Never hose pollutants down your driveway.

Caring for your PetWhen you care for your pet...
Pick up pet waste.
Bag it and throw it in the garbage.
Bacteria in pet waste can hurt the fish in our creeks.




What’s Happening at Your House?

Stormwater pollution comes from many sources. Rain or over-watering can carry pollutants like waste oil, pesticides, paint, and pet waste down the gutter and into a storm drain. Unlike sinks and toilets, storm drains flow directly to creeks and streams. Pollutants are carried into our waterways without treatment. This contaminates the water we drink and play in, and can also harm wildlife.

The City of Roseville’s Stormwater Management Program is committed to protecting our creeks and streams by involving and educating our residents in stormwater pollution prevention.

To report unauthorized discharges, call (916) 746-1000. For more information, contact (916)774-5751 or email us at stormwater@roseville.ca.us.